Towards more open scholarship

Posted by rmt22 at Mar 04, 2016 02:45 PM |
Academics are crucial to realising our aim of open access to research at the University. Find out how to make your work open access.

To achieve the discovery enabling environment set out in our Strategic Plan, we are committed to open scholarship and the open academy, but we need your help to realise this.

We reached a significant milestone on the road to Open Access last year, with an estimated 53% of papers published in 2015 will be openly available through the Leicester Research Archive (LRA), the major subject repositories, or direct now from publishers’ websites.

Open Access is making a major contribution to the visibility of our research.  The numbers really are impressive: the LRA recorded 99,539 full text downloads of authors’ accepted manuscripts for journal articles and conference papers last year.

More Leicester researchers are archiving more manuscripts than ever in the LRA (numbers more than quadrupled in 2015 compared with the previous year) but there is still some way to go before we realise fully open scholarship.

It is more important than ever to make your papers Open Access. The author-accepted manuscripts of all journal articles or conference papers that are accepted for publication on or after 1 April 2016 must be made Open Access or they will be ineligible for the next REF.

It really is simple to make your author-accepted manuscripts Open Access. You can do this in three easy steps:

  1. Log on to IRIS
  2. Create a simple publication record
  3. Upload your manuscript

We have created a short video (with voiceover) to show you:

Watch the video online here:

Please record details of all your publications in IRIS as this provides essential information on the University’s research activity as a whole; including your accepted manuscripts is essential for journal articles and conference proceedings and highly desirable for other types of publication.

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