Current Issues in Research Communications: the Power of Open Access – 1st Report to JISC (March 2010)
This report identifies some significant issues in the practice of research communication, with especial reference to methods of promoting open access to research output. In particular it addresses the following questions:
• Can open access offer financial benefit to HE institutions and to the wider economy?
• How can the costs of open access publication be met by research funders and/or institutions?
• What is the role of an institutional repository in the management of research across an institution?
Current Issues in Research Communications: Open Access and Institutional Benefit – 2nd Report to JISC (July 2010)
This report looks at some of the drivers of interest in open access and the initiatives being taken in response. In particular it addresses the following questions:
• Is Green or Gold open access likely to be the more cost effective for HE institutions in the long term?
• What can open access offer to libraries struggling with increases in the cost of their subscriptions to academic journals?
• How can open access contribute to institutions’ preparation for the REF?
Current Issues in Research Communications: Adding Value and Sharing Research – 3rd Report to JISC (December 2010)
This report looks at the scope of current OA practice and the opportunities it offers for innovation in scholarly communication methods. Among the questions it discusses are:
• Why are some researchers still reluctant to embrace open access?
• What kinds of “added value” in scholarly communication can be attached to open access?
• What is the significance for scholarly communications practice of the growth of social networking/reference management systems such as Mendeley?
Current Issues in Research Communications: Open Access – the View from the Academy – 4th Report to JISC (March 2011)
The topic of this report is the attitude of academic and research support staff in to Open Access: what may dissuade them from adopting it and what might persuade them of its value. It looks at the following questions:
• What do researchers and support staff think about Open Access?
• Is there an alternative they might prefer?
• How might future OA advocacy be addressed?
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