We are an institutional online publisher of Open Access electronic journals. Our catalogue of titles allow readers to access and use the content free of charge under a Creative Commons licence.
We are growing this service and welcome enquiries from Swansea University researchers considering starting an academic journal. We do not charge the editors of journals for publishing with us on the Open Journal Systems platform (OJS). Editors wishing to transfer established journal titles to Swansea University are welcome to apply.
If you would like to find out more why don’t you come along to the next Academic Publishing Coffee Morning?
At this event, you can:
Speak to experienced academics and professional services staff who already publish journals
See what is really involved in editing and publishing academic publications
Learn about OJS, the journal publishing platform supported by Swansea’s Digital Humanities team
Find out what support we can offer you to set up your own peer-reviewed academic journal as part of Swansea’s digital press
Wednesday February 12th, 11:00 – 13:00 – Nanhyfer Workzone Sem Rm 01 on the Bay Campus
As you may be aware there is a new member of the Research Support team…me! I’m Ellie, the new Research Librarian, and as I’ve been in post for just over 2 months, the inevitable blog post is imminent.
So, what have I been up to? Of course my first month was a blur of names and acronyms– few of which I remember, and getting to grips with different systems, procedures and policies. But amongst all the induction mayhem and wrestling with RIS, I was lucky enough to attend 2 conferences run by departments in the university; The Festival of Ideas by the Computational Foundry, and more recently ‘Building a Sustainable Future’ with the College of Science, and LINC on World Environment Day 2019.
While part of my going along was out of pure curiosity (occupational hazard of being a librarian), the main points I have taken from these two events is the breadth of interdisciplinary work, the willingness to open the research up to industry and the public, to quote Dr Jennifer Gadd ‘getting the science out of the lab and into the world’, and the genuine passion and enthusiasm shown by the academics at both events.
It is easy to become detached from the amazing work that gets done in the university when you’re sequestered in the office, and not necessarily recognise your role in the machine, so actually hearing about the work being done and seeing how outward facing it can be is really motivating.
I’m hoping that this enthusiasm and openness will carry through and help the Research Support team here in the library to support and encourage academics to engage with making their research Open Access, and work towards the wider Open Research ideals.
We were interested to spot this new preprint by Professor Tom Crick et al, discussing the ten myths around Open Scholarship publishing. The paper, which is open for comment, delves into the evolving framework and core issues surrounding Open Research, Open Science and Open Scholarship.
Whilst it is hard to pick out a ‘favourite’ myth, there are some particularly cogent points highlighted in Myth 6, Copyright Transfer, which deserve wider discussion and dissemination amongst academics. With Plan S hovering into view with the requirement that authors and universities retain copyright in their scientific research articles rather than transfer it to publishers, this topic needs much wider visibility.