Open access means that published research is freely available online and in many cases (depending on licence) available for re-use. Benefits to open access includes broadening worldwide access to your research and potential increase in citations.
Open Research in Ireland
RCSI is amongst the list of early endorsers of the new National Framework for the Transition to an Open Research Environment. The document sets out agreed national principles on Open Access to research publications, FAIR research data and the supports needed for this, and is aligned with European Commission policies in these areas. Work will commence shortly on a National Action Plan for implementation.
More information at: http://norf-ireland.net/
The Gold Open Access publishing model involves the authors paying for article publication (article processing fee or APC) in a journal but articles are then freely available to readers with no additional subscription charges. Providing the appropriate licence has been agreed, the article may then be shared and re-used. Many journals now offer complete or partial OA or hybrid publishing options. BioMed Central is a major OA publisher in medicine and healthcare. See the Directory of Open Access Journals to identify journals using this model.
RCSI Library has negotiated gold open access agreements with a number of publishers, details of these can be found here.
Permitted versions can be the final published pdf (if it has been published via the gold route), the original submitted manuscript or the accepted manuscript which incorporates changes from the peer review process. The Library team are happy to advise you on publisher permissions – contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Plan S is an initiative by a group of research funders to make publicly funded research outputs fully and immediately open access. The international consortium (cOAlition S) is coordinated by Science Europe and includes Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), UK Research and Innovation, Research Council of Norway and others and is supported by the European Research Council and the European Commission. cOAlition S aims for a new model of publishing, characterised not only by immediate, free online access to, but also by largely unrestricted use and re-use of scholarly publications.
The key principle of Plan S is:
After 1 January 2020 scientific publications on the results from research funded by public grants provided by national and European research councils and funding bodies, must be published in compliant Open Access Journals or on compliant Open Access Platforms.
Ten further principles apply, including:
Full details of the principles here.
Implementation guidance has been provided by cOAlition S to flesh out the details of the principles and to include technical requirements. Feedback was sought from interested parties and based on this feedback, a new edition of the guidance is expected in Spring 2019.
CONUL (Consortium of National and University Libraries) Response to Guidance on the Implementation of Plan S
The Office for Scholarly Communication in the University of Cambridge have published a blog post called Plan S – links, commentary and news items, which attempts to compile a list of discussions and documents around Plan S.
cOAlition S recognises that the new model calls for research funders, institutions, researchers, learned societies, librarians and publishers to work together towards a system of scholarly publishing that is more accessible, efficient, fair and transparent.
Plan S Update
Following a wide consultation exercise revisions have been made to Plan S, the Science Europe-led funder initiative launched last year to push for more open access publishing.
Unpaywall Is a project of Impactstory, a not for profit company that aims to make scholarly research more open, accessible and reusable. This is a free service that locates open-access articles and presents papers that have been legally archived and are freely available as open access. Unpaywall harvests content from over 50,000 journals and open-access repositories from all over the world.
How to install Unpaywall
Search for Unpaywall and turn it on by sliding the swipe to the right. When you browse to a paywalled paper and an open access version is avaliable Unpaywall’s grey ‘lock’ icon turns green and ‘unlocks’, clicking on the icon will then bring you to the open access version of the paper.
Agreement period: 1 Jan 2020 — 31 Dec 2020
IReL , which includes RCSI, is participating in Annual Reviews’ “Subscribe to Open” initiative which will make all articles published in the five pilot journals OA from 2020, regardless of the author’s affiliation.
i. Annual Review of Cancer Biology
ii. Annual Review of Environment and Resources
iii. Annual Review of Nuclear and Particle Science
iv. Annual Review of Political Science
v. Annual Review of Public Health
Further information is available at https://www.annualreviews.org/page/subscriptions/subscribe-to-open-faq
RCSI does not currently subscribe to BMJ’s Institutional Fellowship, so RCSI staff and students submitting cases to BMJ Case Reports will need to pay the fees involved.
Agreement period: 1 Jan 2020 – 31 Dec 2020
This agreement provides acces to these titles
Authors from IReL subscribing institutions, which include RCSI, will receive a fee waiver of any potential APCs and/or OA-related costs for publishing articles in these journals.
Authors from RCSI may publish unlimited open access in ECS journals (Journal of The Electrochemical Society and ECS Journal of Solid State Science and Technology) without charge.
To avail of this, authors must select 'ECS Plus' under 'Step 6 – Open Access Waivers, Charges and Credits' At the time of manuscript submission to take advantage of an article credit.
This IReL agreement is in place until the end of 2020.
RCSI Library are currently pursuing inclusion in a national deal with Elsevier for open access publishing in ScienceDirect journals. Updates on this will appear here.
The Green Open Access route satisfies open access mandates by funding agencies such as SFI, HRB and HEA. This model allows you to deposit a version of your article in an institutional repository such as the RCSI Repository.
Knowing which version of your work you can deposit can be difficult to ascertain. Sherpa Romeo can be useful in helping to determine what your rights are; this online resource aggregates and analyses publisher open access policies from around the world and provides summaries of publisher copyright and open access archiving policies on a journal-by-journal basis. Information from here must be double checked against the policies of individuals journals however as policies change over time.
Terminology can differ from publisher to publisher; the table below should help you to decide which version is necessary for your particular needs.
The version originally submitted to the journal before peer review and corrections
Preprint, Author's original draft
The accepted version, after peer review but prior to the final copy-editing and layout
Postprint, Accepted Manuscript, Author’s Accepted Manuscript
An exact digital replica of the published article
Postprint, Version of record, Publisher's version
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Paywall: The Business of Scholarship, produced by Jason Schmitt, provides focus on the need for open access to research and science, questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers, examines the 35-40% profit margin associated with the top academic publisher Elsevier and looks at how that profit margin is often greater than some of the most profitable tech companies like Apple, Facebook and Google. For more information please visit: Paywallthemovie.com