Open Access Tweets

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A summary of our open access week tweets in case you missed them:

Open access will be a requirement of the next REF  

Open access  can be gold or green

You can deposit your work in Cronfa, our institutional repository

Use the Sherpa services to check your publisher’s policy

If you are RCUK funded you can apply for money for article processing charges

The Directory of Open Access journals can indicate some free places to publish  

Publishing open access can increase citations

The JISC OAPENUK project is looking at options for open access monographs

Open access publication usually involves a creative commons licence

Open data is becoming an issue which the university is starting to look at

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Uprising: Less prestigious journal publishing greater share of high-impact papers

The journal Science reports on a study carried out by the Google Scholar team. According to this research:

In 1995, only 27% of citations pointed to articles published in nonelite journals. That portion grew to 47% by 2013. And the nonelite journals published an increasing share of the most highly cited papers within each field as well, growing from 14% to 24%.

John Bohanon: Uprising: Less prestigious journal publishing greater share of high-impact papers. (at

Anurag Acharya et al: Rise of the Rest: The Growing Impact of Non-Elite Journals. (at

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Peer review: the nuts and bolts

“Using a collection of concerns raised by their peers, the VoYS writing team set off to interview scientists, journal editors, grant bodies’ representatives, patient group workers and journalists in the UK and around the world to find out how peer review works, the challenges for peer review and how to get involved.”

VoYS is the Voice of Young Science, a programme which encourages early career researchers to play an active role in public debates about science. VoYS is funded through donations primarily from professional and learned societies and universities.

Peer Review: the nuts and bolts (PDF)

Voice of Young Science

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Research Councils RCUK Research Outcomes Harmonisation

The Research Councils (RCUK) are now using a single, harmonised system for the collection of information on the outcomes of Research Council funded research throughout the life cycle of a grant and beyond. This system is called Researchfish, which has been used by MRC and STFC for a number of years already. Researchfish is a web-based system intended to be of benefit to researchers, as well as a valuable resource for RCUK . RCUK no longer require final reports on grants and have replaced this approach with collecting outcomes information on an ongoing basis.

More information, including links to tutorial videos and further support, can be found here.

Researchfish website:

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Penetrating the grey

Grey literature

There is a lot of useful “grey” literature out there which is not easy to find with standard bibliographic tools – examples might be research reports, doctoral dissertations, conference papers and some official publications. By its nature it is not easy to find but some sources to try are:

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Are you ready for Open Access?

A public dataset on Figshare provides a record of publications that have been funded from the RCUK Gold Open Access block grant received by Swansea University for the period 1 April 2013 to 31 July 2014. If you are one of the Swansea authors who received funding for the fifty seven gold open access articles that were published in 2013-14, then you can stop reading now.

If you have never heard of the RCUK block grant which pays open access article processing charges for those choosing the gold publication route, please take a look at our research support pages for more information. Swansea University is in receipt of a grant from RCUK for the period 2014-15 to support open access.

Swansea University will be implementing an open access deposit mandate in 2015 in order to encourage free and open access to publicly funded research. Whilst we strongly encourage self-archiving in Cronfa, (the Swansea University institutional repository) using the green route, you may choose the gold route if you prefer and funding is available. You are free to publish in the journal of your choice.

The recently published HEFCE mandate outlines the forthcoming open access requirements for the post-2014 Research Excellence Framework. It is applicable to:

  • All journal articles
  • All conference proceedings with an ISSN

The key elements of the policy will require you to:

  • Deposit a final draft of your article in an institutional or subject repository immediately upon acceptance for publication and no later than three months after this date. The Swansea University mandate will require you to deposit the final peer reviewed version
  • A bibliographic record must be made available in Cronfa, the institutional repository. Outputs should be made discoverable as soon as there is sufficient information for the output to be found via an internet search (e.g. journal name, title of paper, authors etc, and even DOI, ORCID if available).
  • Subject to the permitted embargo period, full text must be accessible as soon as possible
  • Outputs accepted for publication after 1st April 2016 are required to be open access to be eligible for REF

See SHERPA Fact – the Funders & Authors Compliance Tool

Open Access Week (20-26 October 2014)


ISS are keen to create a supportive environment to develop a positive open access culture. Please come along to the Open Access Lunch & Learn Session on 21st October 2014, in the APECS, Skills Training and Development Unit to learn more.  Book here:

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The tranSMART Foundation, a non-profit organization providing a global, open-source knowledge management platform for scientists to share pre-competitive translational research data, today announced the release of tranSMART Version 1.2. Incorporating functionality developed and tested by several hundred community members from around the globe, this version offers extensions in analytics and analysis, data loading, search and retrieval as well as improved developer tools and interfaces that facilitate the addition of new features in the future.

“tranSMART Version 1.2 is the culmination of a more than nine-month development and testing effort that began last November at the Foundation’s Annual Meeting in Paris and continued through a series of community
Hackathons and Testathons, as well as a community-driven testing and optimization process,” said tranSMART
Foundation CEO Keith Elliston. “I am extremely proud of what the community has accomplished this year and look
forward to the broad adoption of this platform across academia and industry to more effectively turn scientific
discoveries into medical breakthroughs.”tranSMART Version 1.2 incorporates functionality developed and contributed to a single, open-source codebasewith support for both PostgreSQL and Oracle. Community and member organizations contributed new features such as genome-wide association studies (GWAS), integration with the R statistical platform, cross study analysis,new data types, and new search and browse tools. This release, for the first time, provides the capability to integrate a number of different profiling data, such as mRNA, microRNA, and metabolomic, with genetic data based on individual patients. The connectors to commercial analytical platforms, such as OmicSoft andGeneData, as well as R, provide unprecedented analytical flexibility and statistical rigor. tranSMART Version 1.2 makes a giant step forward to becoming a true data management platform with the availability of browse and search capabilities. All future enhancements to the platform will be based on this new version.
“Version 1.2 features, such as R integration and cross study analysis are truly giant steps for tranSMART,
addressing the most important needs of tranSMART users at Pfizer and in the broader community and indicating
the shift from data platform towards robust analytic environment,” said Jay Bergeron, director, Translational and Bioinformatics at Pfizer and scientific coordinator for eTRIKS.

More information on the release of tranSMART Version 1.2, as well as a public demo version can be found at:

About The tranSMART Foundation
The tranSMART Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides an open-source, cloud-based, data-sharing
and analysis platform that enables scientists at universities, disease foundations, pharmaceutical companies, and government agencies around the world to share pre-competitive data in a way that saves money and time in
translating research findings into new therapies and diagnostic tools. Founded to steward the tranSMART
platform, the Foundation is headquartered in Wakefield, Massachusetts with Centers of Excellence in Ann Arbor,
Mich.; London, England; Boston, Mass.; and Amsterdam, Netherlands. The tranSMART Foundation can also be
found on the web at

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