Open Access Infographic #1

We are a bit late to the infographics party but thought it was about time we publicly shared a monthly overview of the University’s Open Access publications.

We include the numbers of new publications added to the Research Information System (RIS), together with some stats on E-Theses added to Cronfa, the repository. UKRI funded Gold Open Access requests approved for payment from our grant each month are also included. We will be updating the infographic on a regular basis.

Go to the Cronfa home page for a list of:

  • Most Recent Full Text Additions
  • Top Downloads
  • Most Viewed Authors

You can also see the results for “This week”, “This Month” and “All Time”

Further information on Swansea University Open Access Resources are available here.

Research Information System (RIS) Development Update #2


Where are we now?
The Committee for Research Innovation Strategy and REF Strategy Group have both approved a series of changes to RIS which will be visible in the new version as explained below:

OLD RISNEW RIS

Authors add the same output​ multiple times, meaning multiple checks are required to check Open Access compliance and various versions are available

One output will mean one record.
Additional authors can be added toa record, removing the need for
duplication of efforts and creating one version of the truth with rich metadata​.

Requirement to login to Cronfa to view outputs publicly available​
The system will be more open, allowing the view of items that are publically available in Cronfa. This will provide a more transparent research environment with increased opportunities for collaboration and interdisciplinary working on which our REF submission can be based. Users will still have the option to mark items as confidential and private information will not be visible​.
Impact Case Studies and Environment narratives not able to be shared within RIS until submission​
Updates to the permissions in RISmean that Impact Case Studies thatare not confidential and Environment narratives can be made visible to members of the UoA for feedback once at an agreed point. This functionality can be turned on and off by the UoA. ​
Reports take a long time to produce
Additional reporting functionality will be available to support continuous assessment and to ensure we
have an accurate view of our position ahead of submission in 2020​.

Please see the details below on how to become involved in testing the ‘new RIS’ and to provide feedback.


What next?
The focus for the team is very much on migration and testing at present. Our two priorities are ensuring that from the minute users begin to engage with the new system the experience is a positive one and that the information in the new RIS is correct. With this in mind, we have been having some planning sessions to discuss various steps for migration. We are in the process of fleshing these out and there will be testing undertaken to ensure data is correct.

We hope to automate most of the migration, however where human intervention and checking is required we will look to liaise with the REF Team and REF Officers to manage this. We will not be deleting records at this stage, instead adding them to a parent record e.g. the published document might be the parent record and we attach other versions found in the old RIS e.g. a draft as child records.


Please note, the Outputs Mini-REF for 2019 will be run from the current RIS following the Publications Mini-REF Assessment Process 2019.

Feedback and get involved
Colleagues are welcome to come and view the current stages of development in Faraday, Singleton or to attend bi-weekly showcase meetings where the development team demo the new system, to provide an opportunity for colleagues and inform future developments.
Further to this, we will be undertaking user testing over the coming weeks. If you are interested in taking part please contact Laura Bailey (laura.bailey@swansea.ac.uk) and/or Andrew Burrows (a.j.burrows@swansea.ac.uk).

We will of course keep you up-to-date on progress and training will be provided should the changes to the system necessitate this.

Guest post by Laura Bailey

Research Information System (RIS) Development Update

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As you are (hopefully) aware, a new Research Information System (RIS) is currently under development. A blended team with colleagues from across IT Services, Library and the REF Team have been working to build a new system ahead of submission to REF in November 2020.

The team have met with a number of academic and professional service staff through a series of workshops to outline requirements and prioritise accordingly. To-date, work has been undertaken to:

  • Create an output
  • Add an output using a DOI
  • Add an output using ORCiD
  • Add accompanying documents to outputs
  • Publish to Cronfa
  • Select items for REF
  • Upload an Environment narrative or Impact Case Study.

Further development work will take place over the coming weeks and migration to the new system is being explored. To confirm, the Outputs Mini-REF for 2019 will be run from the current RIS.

Feedback and get involved

Colleagues are welcome to come and view the current stages of development in Faraday, Singleton or to attend bi-weekly showcase meetings where the development team demo the new system, to provide an opportunity for colleagues and inform future developments. If you would like to join this session in person or via an online call, please contact Andrew Burrows: a.j.burrows@swansea.ac.uk

We will of course keep you up-to-date on progress and training will be provided should the changes to the system necessitate this.

 

Guest post by Laura Bailey, Senior Project and Change Officer.
Image credit: Pexels via Pixabay CC0

Open Access Requirements for Horizon 2020-Funded Projects

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Open Access Mandate:  All H2020 projects must provide open access (OA) to all peer-reviewed scientific publications that stem from project activities, immediately or otherwise within 6/12 months of publication where publisher embargoes apply.  Non-compliance can lead to a grant reduction and potential sanctions”

Read the JISC scholarly communications blog post by Frank Manista to find out how you should be meeting your Horizon 2020 open access obligations.
See http://bit.ly/2vubWQF for:

OA Publications resulting from a project
Open Research Data Project

Link to: Guidelines to the Rules on Open Access to Scientific Publications and Open Access to Research Data in Horizon 2020.

 

Academic Awareness of 2014 UK Copyright Reforms

Please link to a survey conducted by our colleague Chris Morrison at Kent University around the use of the educational exceptions provided by the Copyright Designs and Patents Act.

The survey is aimed at UK academics and is launched today to inform the UUK and GuildHE response to the IPO call for evidence on copyright reforms.

https://kent.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/copyright-law-review-uuk

“The survey is deliberately short in order to get as many responses as possible. The survey closes on Sunday 7th April and although we are aware this is a very short time frame, we are hoping we will get enough of a response to gather some meaningful data”

Swansea University will be returning a response to the IPO call for evidence to review 2014 copyright reforms as part of WHELF (Welsh Higher Education Libraries Forum).

You can find information on the CDPA educational exceptions and how they benefit teachers and researchers via our Copyright Library Guide:

https://libguides.swansea.ac.uk/copyright/information
https://libguides.swansea.ac.uk/Hawlfraint

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Image credit via Pixabay

URL change for Journal Citation Reports

From 22nd March the direct url for:

Journal Citation reports shows impact factors and other journal metrics.

ESI shows influential researchers and papers as well as emerging research areas.

Incites allows analysis of universities and identifies influential researchers and collaborators in a similar way to Scival.

  If you are using the services off campus you will need to register first via the Sign In option at the top right of the screen.

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