The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) has joined the open access revolution, committing to make all of its journals open access by 2027. Better still, the RSC hopes to be able to fund its journals through “institutional or funder level agreements” without demanding APCs from individual authors in a move hailed by one academic as a “big step forward in pursuing open science.”

Who, ultimately, is responsible for the integrity of the scientific literature – the enduring product of the research endeavour?  Dr David Sanders from Purdue University will argue that journals and research institutions have a vital but often neglected role to play in ensuring research outputs are reliable and honest, exploring the reasons why research integrity is so often left almost entirely up to authors and reviewers verify, and propsing solutions to the problems involved.

Are the organisers behind shadow libraries today's Robin Hoods?

Behind every great economy lurks a shadow economy offering what the regulated economy cannot and libraries are no exception. For every library buying ebooks and subscribing to ejournals and full-text databases, there is a shadow library attempting to provide the same resources for free without paying.

Seen by some as modern day Robin Hoods, could these shadow libraries be about to bring down unintended and far-reaching consequences upon us all?

Every publication has to be submitted to the institutional PURE repository immediately upon acceptance by the journal in which it is published in order to satisfy the HEFCE Open Access Policy and eligibility for inclusion in REF assessments.  Sounds scary?  It …

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Update 16.06.16 – This workshop has now passed.  Please watch the Library newsfeed for announcements of future workshops. Open to all University of Portsmouth research and academic staff For the next REF, HEFCE require journal and conference articles (with an ISSN) accepted for …

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We recently published a peer-reviewed journal article (a free version is available from the University of Portsmouth Research Portal) about the arrival of Pablo the penguin (who tweets as @uoppenguin).  Some of you might be wondering about the origins of Pablo the penguin …

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Not all journals are equal.  This has long been known but in the past the difference has only been that some were more prestigious than others.  More recently, new publishers have appeared who appear on the surface to be professional companies …

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Of potential interest to PhD students, researchers and undergraduates considering a career in academic research, IET Academic Publishing are offering a free presentation on Scholarly Research and Publication on how to publish and access research at Southampton University on 10th …

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