Following the announcement by RCUK earlier this week on its position on access to research outputs, the SHERPA project has launched a new resource which gives information to authors and academics in receipt of grants from UK Research Councils. The resource outlines the respective positions of each of the Research Councils on requirements for the archiving of research outputs.
While the RCUK statement outlines overarching principles, responsibility for policies in this area has been devolved to individual Research Councils. SHERPA’s new resource – known as JULIET – breaks down the differing requirements and simplifies what the policies say has to be done, what authors should archive and where and when they should archive their outputs. The list then categorises the different sets of advice in comparison to an ideal Open Access mandate.
The JULIET list complements the well-known RoMEO list, which summarises publishers' permissions for archiving research articles.
These lists are part of a suite of advice and guidance available from SHERPA - a 25 member consortium of research-led universities which specialises in promoting and advising on the development of open access repositories. Other services include OpenDOAR, which is a directory of open access repositories world-wide. Through the SHERPA site, authors can also find advice on open access and what it means to them.
To access the new resource, please go to: JULIET
SHERPA is based at the University of Nottingham and works on a portfolio of projects related to Open Access and repository development, currently funded by Jisc, CURL, Open Societies Institute and SPARCEurope.