To restart the Open Scholarship blog for 2014 we are publishing a monthly series of posts detailing the open access activity that the Scholarly Communications Team is helping to facilitate within the University.
At the end of January there were approximately 73,800 records in the University’s Current Research Information System (PURE), of which 14,200 have open access documents available to the general public via the Edinburgh Research Explorer. This is a figure of 19% open access. In addition there are around 600 records with documents waiting for validation – this process involves checking that the document versions that are deposited are compatible with both journal copyright permissions and research funders requirements.
Looking specifically at journal articles and conference proceedings:
|All time||Open access %||2008 onwards||Open access %|
|Medicine & Veterinary Medicine||5497||29||3694||38|
|Humanities & Social Science||2455||18||2072||29|
|Science & Engineering||5772||20||3883||28|
Applications to the RCUK open access fund are steady following the soft launch in July. To date there have been 120 applications. Here are the monthly figures for the previous quarter:
|Month||Applications to RCUK||Applications to Wellcome|
Status of the RCUK fund – currently there is £519,558 left in the fund, with an additional £47,000 committed on articles submitted for publication. Altogether the fund is at 62%.
Status of the Wellcome Trust fund – since the start of the new reporting period (November 2013) the open access spend has been £76,536.
Since the last meeting the Scholarly Communications Team have carried out twelve outreach events, including holding lunchtime seminars for the College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine at Little France, Teviot and the Western General, and attending departmental away days and briefing sessions for the College of Humanities & Social Sciences. The team are now working to identify opportunities to engage with the College of Science & Engineering.