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Six months of download statistics

LSHTM Research Online – the School’s research repository for outputs – has re-launched its statistics dashboard and the image above includes the number of full-text downloads for items between January and June 2015.

Over this period nearly 220,000 downloads of items took place with the most downloaded item…

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Research data, publishing & the Wellcome Trust

Researchers at the School who are in receipt of funding from the Wellcome Trust and have had an open access fee paid have a number of requirements when publishing.

They should license the research papers using the Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC-BY) so they may be freely copied and…

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Increased RCUK block grant for 2015/2016

Research Councils UK (RCUK) has recently announced the amounts that it will be paying to institutions in the block grant to support the implementation of its open access policy. Since April 2013 the grant to universities and eligible research organisations has been used to cover the cost of article processing…

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation go Open Access

As of January 1, 2015 an Open Access policy will be effective for all new funding agreements made with researchers. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have adopted an Open Access policy that enables the unrestricted access and reuse of all peer-reviewed published research funded, in whole or in part, by the foundation, including any underlying data sets. During a two-year transition period, publishers will be permitted to apply up to a 12 month embargo period on the accessibility of the publication and its underlying data sets. This embargo period will no longer be allowed after January 1, 2017.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation by Maia Weinstock https://www.flickr.com/photos/pixbymaia/8536061028/in/photolist-e1ixy1-5Gt7hy-5GoPJe-9h9f1e-9T2L8e-fBkYSY-9Wz73B-8L7HjW-oehfY1-pjBqWr-btTH2K-aoKWbB-8L8VpY-wX6QM-cNPUbh-mHnK1p-cRWZaW-mHnBaB-byqdun-bAYwGn-8mBACh-cva69J-bjzTyP-9h9gBk-9T2Ucr-drNSkz-8fJQgD-k9fF6-9SXQdB-k9fFb-k9fF7-cRWY77-drNLSt-9SXUM6-9T1PMz-bwNW3K-bAYtbK-wX6QL-bv8JmF-bjzNzT-cvP7v3-py1Kpm-cVKBdu-9SYAr2-cvBBZS-nV1PR7-cRWX7G-cRWV1S-cRWVWj-cRWTRu

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation by Maia Weinstock https://flic.kr/p/e1ixy1 (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

The Open Access policy contains the following elements: Read more

Finis: Open Access Publishing with BioMed Central (BMC)

UPDATE (January 2015)
The School has decided not to renew its Supporter Membership with BMC which means the 15% discount and instant payment option for researchers is no longer available.

If you wish to pay for an APC for Open Access with BMC please follow the instructions on our OA…

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Open Access articles on the Ebola virus

With the help of crowd-sourcing a dataset of nearly 500 scientific articles covering Ebola has been created which identifies those that can be freely accessed, read and re-used in the fight against the virus outbreak.

Members of LSHTM Library (John Murtagh @LSHTMOpenAccess and Merinne Whitton @LSHTMLibrary) along with…

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Open Access Week 2014

The School celebrated Open Access Week with two 90 minute seminars. The first was held at Keppel Street on Thursday, while the second took place on Friday.

Emma Golding, Research Online Administrator kicked off by presenting the Publishing Open Access webpages for staff and students at the School have recently…

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Fresh Martian Impact Crater by Stuart Rankin https://flic.kr/p/ptSdih

Explaining Altmetrics at LSHTM

Fresh Martian Impact Crater by Stuart Rankin (CC-BY) https://flic.kr/p/ptSdih

As users of the School’s Publications Database and LSHTM Research Online may have noticed the Altmetrics plug-in which records social media mentions of research by our academic staff.

It’s an impressive tool which…

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Newly launched Charity Open Access Fund (COAF)

Arthritis Research UK Breast Cancer Campaign  British Heart Foundation  Cancer Research UK Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research Wellcome Trust (including WELMEC) From today (October 1 2014), the Charity Open Access Fund (COAF) provides the School with money to cover the cost of article processing charges (APCs) for peer reviewed research, funded wholly or partly by one or more of these UK medical research charities:

  • Arthritis Research UK
  • Breast Cancer Campaign
  • British Heart Foundation
  • Cancer Research UK
  • Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research
  • Wellcome Trust (including WELMEC)
COAF has been established for an initial two-year pilot period, beginning today (1 October 2014). The Wellcome Trust will administer COAF on behalf of the partners for the pilot phase. The partners hope that other Association of Medical Research Charities members will join the Fund over time. COAF funds may only be used to pay open access article processing charges, not to cover other charges that some journals may levy, such as page and colour charges. Where these apply, researchers must use other funds to meet these costs. Read more

A Tibetan doctor holding his family's medical texts (Theresia Hofer, Wellcome Images: https://www.flickr.com/photos/wellcomeimages/14933009688/)

Update: Wellcome Trust open access policy for monographs & book chapters

The Wellcome Trust has extended its open access policy to include scholarly monographs and book chapters authored or co-authored by Trust grantholders that arise as part of their grant funded research.

As of today the extended policy applies to all grantholders who were awarded a grant before 1 October…

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