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February 2019

We've updated the Request a Copy service!

We are pleased to announce the launch of our newly updated Request a Copy system for Apollo. Request a Copy facilitates communication between readers and authors to simplify the delivery of embargoed articles, theses and datasets. The new system was developed in-house by the Office of Scholarly Communication (OSC) to improve our capacity to grant access to embargoed material.

Why not try it today by requesting one of our many recent publications?

Final report of the Open Research Data Task Force now available 

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has released the final report of the Open Research Data Task Force, Realising the Potential, along with a series of case studies and a response from the Minister supporting the report. The report seeks to highlight the shifts in direction and real initiatives that can be taken to move towards a national open research data infrastructure.
UKRI has released a statement welcoming the report, with the commitment to take the recommendations on board in future plans.

CSC - IT Center for Science, Finland becomes the newest member of the Open Preservation Trust

CSC - IT Center for Science, a Finnish non-profit state enterprise offering technology and service development solutions for research, education, culture and public administration, is the newest Charter member of the Open Preservation Foundation. 

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Reveal Digital joins the ITHAKA family

Reveal Digital - a small company that uses a library crowd-funded model to support the development of open digital collections - has affiliated with ITHAKA, a not-for-profit organization that works with the global higher education community to advance and preserve knowledge and to improve teaching and learning through the use of digital technologies. 
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UK higher education funding bodies publish final guidance and criteria for REF 2021

The UK’s four higher education funding bodies have published the key documents that provide guidance to UK universities when submitting their research to the next Research Excellence Framework, REF 2021.

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Wellcome engages consultant to help learned societies transition to Open Access and explore Plan S-compliant business models

Wellcome, in partnership with UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the Association of Learned & Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP), has engaged the consultancy firm Information Power to explore a range of potential strategies and business models through which learned societies can transition to Open Access and adapt and thrive under Plan S.

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SPARC Europe Annual report published

SPARC Europe's 2018 Annual Report offers a thorough look at the work SPARC has done to advance an Open agenda in Europe over the past year.

Download the report

LERU members release ten recommendations to support the implementation of Plan S

Members of LERU (League of European Research Universities) have been consulted on the implications of Plan S for their institutions, and now offer ten recommendations which, once adopted, would make Plan S a bold blueprint in universities for a radical change to current publishing practice. 

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Are libraries in Germany and Sweden saving money while still providing requested papers after being cut off by Elsevier?

An article published in Nature this month reports that at least some German libraries involved in negotiating access to Elsevier say they are making huge savings without a subscription, while still providing any articles their academics request. Yet some researchers in Germany and Sweden claim the cut-off is damaging to research, and punishes researchers, not publishers.

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eLife invests in toolset to provide open-source content production tools for publishers

eLife has invested in the development of Texture, an open-source toolset for the editing and production of manuscripts, designed to be integrated into publishers' editorial and content-delivery systems. 

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Dutch universities give open access another boost

In order to achieve the Dutch ambition of 100% open access in 2020, Dutch universities have begun a pilot to facilitate authors in making their academic works available to the general public online six months after publication through university repositories.

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The latest posts from the OSC blog

This month we are also publishing a series of Open Research case studies on our sister blog, Open Research: adventures from the front line

Blogs we've enjoyed this month

A wealth of material to use and share freely

  • OSC Research Support Handy Guides - advice on everything from writing data management plans to spotting predatory publishers.
  • OSC Research in 3 Minutes - get the lowdown on the essential scholarly communication topics librarians need to know with these bite-sized videos.
  • The Turing Way - a handbook to support students, their supervisors, funders and journal editors in ensuring that reproducible data science is 'too easy not to do'.
  • What works: engaging the public through social media - a guide developed by the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE), public engagement professionals and researchers across the UK.
  • COAR and SPARC have developed seven good practice principles for the community to consider when thinking about service provision for scholarly communication services.

Articles and publications of interest 

How FAIR is your research data?

FAIR data are those that are Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable. Sounds simple enough, but what do each of these terms mean in a practical sense and how can you tell if your own research data is FAIR?

The Research Data Team at the Office of Scholarly Communication join forces with FOSTER Open Science to offer this practical course to help you get to grips with the key principles and consider how you can start to make your own data FAIRer. Follow the event links to find further information and book via the University Training Booking System.

How FAIR is your research data?: an online course (for University of Cambridge researchers and postgraduate students in all disciplines)
Register for online course by 28 February, course commences 4 March.

How FAIR is your research data?: a workshop (for University of Cambridge researchers and postgraduate students in all disciplines)

28 March, 10am-12 noon, Mill Lane Lecture Room 7
Refreshments provided

A parallel course and workshop will run for all staff involved in research support at the University, including librarians and administrators, in which we will explore guidelines on how to best support researchers in making their data FAIR 

How FAIR is that research data?: an online course (for University of Cambridge research support staff including librarians and administrators in all disciplines)
Register for online course by 28 February, course commences 4 March.

How FAIR is that research data?: a workshop (for University of Cambridge research support staff including librarians and administrators in all disciplines)
25 March, 2.30-4.30pm, Cambridge University Library Training Room
Refreshments provided

Researcher Development Programme training (for University of Cambridge researchers and postgraduate students in sciences, mathematics, engineering and technology)

Follow the event links to find further information and book via the University Training Booking System.

STEM Research Development Programme 

Designed for STEM researchers, although open to all.

How to Give Great Presentations, When You Hate Giving Presentations    
Thursday 28 February, 2pm

Using Collaborative Tools for Research   
Thursday 7 March, 10am

Publishing Your Research Effectively       
Monday 11 March, 11am     


Moore Methods lunchtime sessions 

Designed for STEM researchers and postgraduates, although open to all.

Managing Your Research Data
Tuesday 26 February, 1pm

'Yes You Do Need to Reference That': a Crash Course in Being an Ethical Researcher    
Tuesday 5 March, 1pm

Using Twitter for Research          
Tuesday 12 March, 1pm

Help! I Need To Find Stuff For My Project Now! 
Thursday 14 March, 1pm

Science webinar - Fighting fake science: barriers and solutions

Tuesday, 26 February, 5pm

This webinar attacks the issue of fake science head-on, examining what can be done to combat bad science and how good science can be encouraged and promoted. The expert panel will discuss solutions to counteract fake science and explore how the scientific community can better communicate truth over falsehood. Produced by the Science/AAAS Custom Publishing Office and sponsored by Fondation IPSEN.

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Call for papers and contributions: The International Journal of Open Educational Resources (IJOER) Spring Issue 2019

Papers due 28 February

IJOER invites scholars conducting research on open educational resources and related topics, professionals and experts representing the OER sector, industry, and government to share their experiences, knowledge and best practices within OER.

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Capturing practice research: improving visibility and searchability

15 March, 10.15am-4pm, Hilton London Euston

Are you trying to ensure practice research outputs are easy to find and available for the long term? Is it hard for you to capture and represent your outputs appropriately as processes and systems are designed for text-based outputs? This Jisc workshop will bring together researchers, repository and research managers and infrastructure providers to address these issues, share experiences and to shape future work.

Book here

Call for speakers: discussion days to explore requirements for research notebooks

18th March 2019, Glasgow
5th April 2019, Sheffield

Jisc and the University of Glasgow are arranging two discussion days to explore requirements for research notebooks. The intention is to explore case studies of tools that researchers use to store research notebook information and discuss the challenges and solutions found.

Are you - or do you know - a researcher who uses a specific software package for notebook management and is willing to come and give a short story and demo of their journey? This could be propriety lab notebook software, open source software, generic software or paper notebooks.

Contact should you be willing to present at one or both of these workshops.

Call for applications: Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication (JLSC) seeks new Editor-in-Chief

Call closes 18 March

Individuals or multi-member teams are now invited to apply for the position of JLSC Editor-in-Chief.

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Call for sessions: CODATA 2019

18-19 September, Beijing, China
Call closes 15 April

The theme of the CODATA 2019 conference is: 'Towards next-generation data-driven science: policies, practices and platforms.' The conference will follow a high-level workshop, 16-17 September 2019, on 'Implementing Open Research Data Policy and Practice'.

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Call for papers: Scholarly Communication Conference 

2–3 May, University of Kent
Call closes 01 March

This conference will bring together day-to-day practitioners of Scholarly Communications – those supporting Scholarly Communication from library and/or research services, including those whose roles have a component of Scholarly Communications, i.e. repository manager, open data, responsible metrics, REF, copyright or advocacy but who don’t consider themselves experts in the field of scholarly communications.  The conference will provide an opportunity to hear about the practical approaches being taken to Scholarly Communications, to share ideas and resources, and develop new networks.

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