Open access to research has never been more important. It is at the core of Jisc’s work in helping members to embrace the benefits of open research by removing barriers, embedding open practices and developing open infrastructure.
Last month, Jisc set out in detail how it will support the research community in implementing UKRI’s OA policy, and how a whole-sector approach is crucial to the success of this. Jisc also outlined its own priorities.
To ensure equity is at the centre of the path to open access, we must work together as part of a global research community.
To mark Open Access Week, 25-29 October, blog posts and podcasts will be published across a range of related topics.
During the week we will highlight some of our international collaborations and initiatives where we are working in partnership with other organisations to make open access the default for research.
What we're doing
- To reflect this year’s international theme, we’ll be talking about the Sherpa collaborations which are helping authors and institutions make decisions about OA publication and compliance. We’ll look at the benefits of working with international partners on Sherpa Romeo, which aggregates OA policies, and our support for colleagues in Canada, Finland and Switzerland
- Repositories are a key facilitator for discovering OA research outputs. We’ll be launching a global call for updates with the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR), encouraging the repository community to update their OpenDOAR record. Accompanying this, there will be a podcast with COAR’s chief executive Kathleen Shearer
- There will be more on the free OpenDOAR Plan S repository self-assessment tool for the global community, which aids repositories in building high standards and broadening impact
- Dr Alexandra Freeman will feature in a podcast talking about Octopus, a ground breaking platform under development by Jisc, which will create a new primary research record for recording and appraising research as it happens
- Finally, the importance of infrastructure, systems, policies and investment to make OA more than an empty gesture, will be the focus of a further blog post
Find out more
Explore Jisc’s open access work in more detail.