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Getting our money’s worth

Gold open access doesn’t come cheap. In the last academic year LSHTM authors produced 126 Open Access research papers which were paid from Wellcome Trust, RCUK, COAF and the School Open Access Fund at a total cost of £255,391 .  The average cost of an article processing charge (APC…

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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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Wellcome Open Access policy and non-compliance – the sanctions

Sanctions could be as much as 10% of the value of the grant

The Charity Open Access Fund (COAF) is a partnership between Arthritis Research UK, Breast Cancer Now, the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Bloodwise, Parkinson’s UK and the Wellcome Trust and those researchers funded by them…

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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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Top 5 downloaded papers from LSHTM Research Online – November 2014

Image caption: LSHTM Research Online statistics info-graphic for November 2014. Info-graphics are created monthly and can be download from LSHTM Research Online.

Last month LSHTM Research Online had over 27, 500 full text papers downloaded. The top three downloading countries last month were Germany, US and China.  Below…

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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

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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Top 5 downloaded papers from LSHTM Research Online – October 2014

Image caption: Our recently redesigned statistics info-graphic for the 2013-14 academic year. Info-graphics will be created monthly and available to download from LSHTM Research Online.

Last month LSHTM Research Online had over 27, 500 full text papers downloaded. The top three downloading countries last month were Germany…

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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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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