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Open Access for REF2020 – UCL policy applies immediately

Francine C Wood13 June 2014

A new open access policy for the next REF has been introduced and UCL’s Open Access guidance has been updated in response.  Please take a look at our new guidance, and follow the simple steps to make your papers eligible for REF submission.  Queries can be addressed to open-access@ucl.ac.uk, or to me.

Open access update for UCL authors

Francine C Wood14 April 2014


Since HEFCE announced their open access policy in the post-2014 REF, UCL’s  Open Access web pages have been updated with advice for authors.

Please get in touch with any queries.

The open access team: open-access@ucl.ac.uk

Francine Wood: f.wood@ucl.ac.uk  (Subject Librarian for Biosciences & Psychology)

UCL Open Access Forum – Ensuring an Open Future. 25 October, 2-4pm

Lisa K Flint30 September 2013

oa-red-lockOpen to all UCL researchers and research support staff, this Open Forum is an opportunity to hear about national and international developments in open access, publisher and funder approaches, and UCL’s support for authors. A recent Report from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills suggests that the UK policy position on open access still requires considerable development. Nonetheless, UCL has developed a service to support researchers who wish to publish Gold open access articles and monographs. This Forum will highlight all of these issues and provide practical guidance for UCL researchers going forward.


Speakers include Phil Sykes, Liz Lyon, Catriona MacCallum and Dr Paul Ayris will host the forum and chair a panel discussion.


The Wilkins Old Refectory is on the ground floor of the Wilkins Building –

Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT


Check out the following for more details including the chance to win an iPad with Retina display!!

Confused about Open Access? Help is available!

Lisa K Flint10 September 2013

oa-red-lockThe Open Access Team in the Library can help you to make your research open access. This will increase the visibility of your work, and your citations. It needn’t be difficult: the Team’s goal is to make open access as straightforward as possible for researchers.

UCL has a new open access fund that can be used to pay open access fees on behalf of all UCL authors, and a growing number of publisher memberships to simplify the payment process. RCUK and Wellcome authors may already be aware that there are specific funds available for their articles.

There’s web guidance at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/library/open-access/

Please contact the friendly Open Access Team with any and all open access queries. The team are also available on Twitter now @UCLOAfunding

Interested in Open Access? Not sure? We’d like to hear from you!

Lisa K Flint12 March 2013

Have you deposited anything in UCL Discovery lately? If so why or why not?

Our Open Access team here at UCL are keen to talk to Biosciences  academics who are interested in Open Access (OA), who have deposited material in UCL Discovery or who have strong views on OA publishing in general.

For a brief chat please contact the team below as they would love to talk to you!

Erica McLaren – UCL Discovery Manager

UCL Discovery e-mail: discovery@ucl.ac.uk

Website: discovery@ucl.ac.uk


Open Access week – what’s that??

Lisa K Flint19 October 2012

To celebrate Open Access Week, UCL Library Services is hosting a series of Information Sessions across UCL. Library staff will be on hand to discuss Open Access publishing and making your research available on an Open Access basis via UCL Discovery. There is no need to book in advance; just stop by during the times listed below.  So, if you would like to have 1:1 guidance on Open Access publishing or on how to deposit your research into UCL Discovery (via RPS), please come along and see us.

Monday 22nd October 1-2pm North cloisters, Wilkins Building 

Tuesday 23rd October 1-2pm Roberts 103, Roberts Building

Wednesday 24th October 1-2pm Chadwick G01 Meeting Room, Chadwick Building

Thursday 25th October 12-1pm Cruciform Library – Hub Pilot Room, Cruciform Building

Friday 26th October 12-1pm South Wing Council Room, South Wing

How has the library helped your research?

Lisa K Flint17 May 2012

I’m on the hunt for some stories about how using the library resources has helped your research. Was there a particular journal that you needed to find, or a rare paper? How has your work benefited from using library resources ? Is there any one resource that you just couldn’t live without??
I’d be interested to hear your thoughts.. please email me l.flint@ucl.ac.uk. Thanks!

Wellcome Trust open access funding

Lisa K Flint16 July 2009

The Wellcome Trust requires all papers resulting from research that it has funded wholly or in part to be made freely available online. Authors can meet this requirement by publishing in a journal that has a paid open access option, for which the Wellcome Trust makes additional funding available.

UCL Library Services administers open access payments for Wellcome-funded researchers at UCL, and can either make payment direct to the publisher on behalf of the author or can reimburse the department for payment already made.

Further details and advice, along with an application form for all new claims, can be found at:    http://www.ucl.ac.uk/library/wellcome.shtml

Please e-mail open-access-funding@ucl.ac.uk if you have any queries or comments.

Wellcome Trust open access funding

Anna Di Iorio18 April 2008

The Wellcome Trust (Copyright © The Wellcome Trust)A guide to Wellcome Trust open access funding is now available on the Library website at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/library/wellcome.shtml.

The guide contains a brief explanation of:

• the requirements of the Wellcome Trust grant conditions relating to open access publication;
• publishers permitted by the Wellcome;
• ways of fulfilling the open access requirement (focusing on paid open access as opposed to self-archiving);
• methods of claiming funds to cover open access fees.  

Claimants can now use a form to request payment of a publisher’s invoice for open access fees, or to ask for reimbursement if the publisher’s invoice has already been paid. 

There is also a new e-mail address for queries about open access fees: open-access-funding@ucl.ac.uk.

Nucleic Acids Research institutional membership

Anna Di Iorio11 April 2008

Cover from ‘Nucleic Acids Research’ (Copyright © 2008 Oxford University Press)UCL is in the process of becoming a Nucleic Acids Research institutional member.

Nucleic Acids Research is an Open Access journal, providing publication of research into the nucleic acids under the following categories: chemistry, computational biology, genomics, molecular biology, nucleic acid enzymes, RNA and structural biology.

Authors at member institutions benefit from substantially discounted publication charges.

Once our institutional membership has become active, UCL researchers will be able to access the Member Rate Open Access form. In the interim, UCL researchers submitting a paper for publication in Nucleic Acids Research are already eligible for the reduced, member rate.

Please email me if there are any articles that have been accepted or will be accepted before our membership goes live, and I will ensure that you are invoiced at the member rate.