Open Access: Green and Gold

St George’s researchers: read on to find out how to make research open access, and how to win a £30 Amazon voucher…

There are two different ways to make your research articles open access: the green route and the gold route.

Green Open Access

Green Open Access: What is it?

Green open access means making your research articles freely available via a subject or institutional repository (such as SORA, SGUL’s institutional repository), after any embargo period required by the publisher has passed.

What do I need to do?

When your article is accepted for publication, create a basic record in the CRIS (Current Research Information System for St George’s Researchers) and upload your author’s accepted manuscript to it. . (This is the version after any changes resulting from peer review, but before the publisher’s formatting and copy editing.) We will then check the record and apply any embargo period before making it live in SORA.

For more guidance, please log in to your CRIS profile and click on the Help tab at the top right hand side.

If you have any questions, see our website or contact sora@sgul.ac.uk

 

Gold Open Access

Gold Open Access: What is it?

Gold open access means making your research articles freely available on the publisher’s website when they’re published, usually under a license which allows for reuse.

What do I need to do?

Find out if the journal you’re publishing in has an open access option, and then see if you have any funding available to pay for it.

Some publishers offer discounts or waivers for SGUL researchers: check our page on open access fees to see if any of them apply to you.

If your research is funded:

RCUK and COAF (a partnership of six health research charities) have provided us with funds to make articles arising from that research open access. To find out if you’re eligible, see our website or email openaccess@sgul.ac.uk

If your research is funded by another grant, check with your grants officer to see if there are any funds in it for open access publications.

If your research is unfunded:

Consider applying to our new Institutional Fund for open access publication fees – see the link on our open access webpage.


Open Access Week Competition

Win a £30 Amazon voucher: follow our Twitter account @sgullibrary to enter our competition on this year’s OA week theme “Open in order to…”  – tell us why you think ‘Open’ is good. (See our blog post and Terms and Conditions for how to enter).

 

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Open Access Open Research

SGUL’s open access institutional repository SORA now has over two thousand full text publications written by SGUL researchers freely available online, a great milestone for SGUL to celebrate in International Open Access Week 2017.

On average there are over 1800 downloads of papers per month from SORA, the papers are indexed in SGUL’s Hunter, and in Google for maximum discoverability:

Screenshot of St George's Online Research Archive website

Win a £30 Amazon voucher: follow the library’s Twitter account @sgullibrary to enter our competition on this year’s OA week theme “Open in order to…” – tell us why you think ‘Open’ is good. (See our blog post and Terms and Conditions for how to enter).

Open access publication is a requirement of many of the big funders in biomedical and life sciences research due to its role in making research more accessible, more discoverable and more impactful1.

On the 4th October the Wellcome Trust released a new science strategy, Improving health through the best research. In it, they reaffirm their commitment to open research:

“Scientific knowledge achieves its greatest value when it is readily available to be used by others. And if knowledge generated with Wellcome support can be used for the improvement of health, it should be.”

Open research is an umbrella term bringing together a variety of efforts to make scientific research transparent and reproducible, and to increase its impact on policy, practice and technological advances. Open access publication is an important part of open research, helping to make research outputs accessible and useable by anyone. Another key tenet of open research is open data, and St George’s has recently launched a data repository to enable researchers to share, store and preserve their research content.

Queen’s University, Belfast, has put together some examples of how open access has benefitted their researchers.


For further information, please visit our open access webpage or contact openaccess@sgul.ac.uk.

 

1 The Open Access Citation Advantage Service, SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) Accessed 19 October 2017

 

Open in order to…

The theme of this year’s International Open Access Week, which runs from 23rd-29th October, is “Open in order to…”. This year the focus is on thinking about possibilities are opened up by making research outputs open access.

Win a £30 Amazon voucher: follow the library’s Twitter account @sgullibrary to enter our competition on this year’s OA week theme “Open in order to…” – tell us why you think ‘Open’ is good. (For terms and conditions, and how to enter, see the end of this post.)

Open in Order to Open Access banner for 2017

Here are some reasons why research is made “open in order to…”

…improve public health

Breakthroughs in medical science are frequently in the news, but the research publications underpinning the headlines are often locked away behind a publisher’s paywall. For example, the research article referred to in this recent article from the BBC  is currently only available to subscribers to the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and many publications cited in the recent award of the Nobel Prizes for Chemistry and Physics are not publicly accessible. By contrast, a recent study by SGUL researchers on meningitis in children was published in an open access journal, meaning that the full article can be read by anyone, anywhere in the world, at any time.

Open access research allows anyone who is interested to read and evaluate the research for themselves. This might include:

  • Medical professionals wanting to improve patient care;
  • Members of the public wanting to learn more about a condition they have;
  • Journalists wanting to report more accurately on the story;
  • Policy makers;
  • Researchers whose institutions don’t subscribe to the journal the research is published in, or who are operating outside an institution.

Opening up research helps improve public health by increasing access to academic research.

 

…raise the visibility of my research

Studies1 have consistently shown a citation advantage for open access publications over closed access ones. Depositing your work in a repository increases the avenues by which your research can be discovered, as well as helping readers to follow your research from paper to paper more easily by collecting them all together.

 

…enable global participation in research

Making research open enables all researchers to access it and removes the financial barrier for those working in less well funded institutions, as well as independent researchers working outside institutions. Making your data and publications accessible for free and licensing it under terms which allow for reuse means that other researchers can pick up on and build on your research, benefitting the global research community as a whole.

 

…find new collaborators

Making your work open helps researchers on related topics find it and identify possibilities for collaboration. Open access can also promote cross-disciplinary working by making it easier for researchers to access work outside their own discipline.

1 The Open Access Citation Advantage Service, SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) Accessed 19 October 2017

 

How to enter:

Follow @sgullibrary on Twitter and complete the phrase “Open in order to…” using the hashtag #openinorderto and @sgullibrary’s Twitter handle.

Terms and Conditions:

  1. The competition will run from Monday 23 October 2017 until Sunday 29 October 2017.
  2. The prize draw is open to anyone with a valid SGUL ID.
  3. Winners will be chosen from all valid entries once the competition has closed on Sunday 29 October 2017.
  4. Winners will be contacted via Twitter. Be sure to check your account.
  5. The prize can only be collected in person from St George’s Library on production of a valid ID card.
  6. Prizes must be collected within two weeks of notification.
  7. The Judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered in to.
  8. Photos of the prize winners will be taken to be used in publicity on Library media channels.
  9. One prize winner will be selected, unless the prize is not collected by the deadline, in which case the uncollected prize will be reselected (once only).
  10. Your tweets may be reused by St George’s Library for future promotional or informational purposes.
  11. Entries must contain the hashtag #openinorderto and must tag the library’s Twitter account @sgullibrary.

 


To find out more about open access, contact openaccess@sgul.ac.uk or visit the Library open access webpages.

Competition: Send us your best #sgullibselfie!

#sgullibselfie competition

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Send us your best #sgullibselfie for a chance to win great prizes!

Prize list:

  • 2x Honest Burgers vouchers for 2 burgers, 2 sides and 2 drinks and loads of rosemary fries
  • 1 x £25 Amazon gift card
  • 1 x St George’s Teddy
  • 1 x  I love St George’s mug
  • 1 x Library Tote bag + goodies

How to enter:

Follow @sgullibrary on Instagram or on Twitter and take a selfie with a library book tagged with #sgullibselfie

Note:

The photos will be reused by St George’s Library, please make sure to only include yourself in the photo, or obtain the consent of any other people visible in the image.

Terms and Conditions: #sgullibselfie prize draw

1. The competition will run from Tuesday 29 August 2017 until Friday 13 October 2017.

2. The prize draw is open to St George’s, University of London and Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education (Kingston University and St George’s, University of London partnership) students only.

3. Entry to the prize draw is restricted to one entry per student.

4. Multiple entries will be disqualified.

5. Winners will be chosen at random from all valid entries once the competition has closed on Friday 13 October 2017.

6. Winners will be contacted via Instagram or Twitter. Be sure to check your account.

7. The prize can only be collected in person from St George’s Library on production of a valid St George’s University ID card.

8. Prizes must be collected within two weeks of notification.

9. The Judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered in to.

10. Photos of the prize winners will be taken to be used in publicity on Library media channels.

11. One prize draw will take place, unless the prize(s) are not collected by the deadline, in which case uncollected prizes will be redrawn (once only).


Terms and Conditions: Spot the Bull

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The following Terms and Conditions relate to the Spot the Bull competitions run during Freshers Fayre 2017.

  1. The competition will run 10am-2pm during the Postgraduate Freshers’ Fayre on Tuesday 29 Aug 2017 and the Undergraduate Freshers’ Fayre on  Monday 25 Sept 2017.
  2. The competition is open to St George’s, University of London and Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education (Kingston University and St George’s, University of London partnership) students only.
  3. Entry to the competition is restricted to one entry per student for providing their name and contact details on the Spot the Bull grid.
  4. Multiple entries will be disqualified.
  5. A winning location on the grid will have been selected at random in advance of each Fayre.
  6. Winners will be contacted on the day of the Fayre via the contact details they provide on the grid (if legible) or their SGUL email (if identifiable).
  7. The prize can only be collected in person from St George’s Library on production of a valid St George’s University ID card.
  8. Prizes must be collected within two weeks of notification.
  9. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered in to.
  10. Photos of the prize winners will be taken to be used in publicity on Library media channels.
  11. There will be no redraws if prizes are not collected.

Follow us on Twitter or Facebook to win fab prizes!

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Between now and 14th October, we are running a Social Media prize draw with wonderful prizes to give away!

Prize list:

  • 2x £25 Honest Burgers vouchers
  • 1 x Staedtler fineliner sets
  • 1 x £20 Amazon gift card
  • 1 x St George’s Teddy
  • 1 x  I love St George’s mug
  • 1 x Library Tote bag + goodies

To enter the draw: follow @sgullibrary on Twitter or like our SGUL Library Facebook page.  *Double your chances of winning by doing both.*

The Library uses Twitter and Facebook to give you the latest information about Library services, as well as drawing your attention to relevant news items and articles relevant to the medical and health field.

Terms and Conditions: Social Media prize draw

1. The competition will run from Tuesday 30 August 2016 until Friday 14 October 2016.

2. The prize draw is open to St George’s, University of London and Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education (Kingston University and St George’s, University of London partnership) students only.

3. Entry to the prize draw is restricted to one entry per student for liking the SGUL Library Facebook Page, and one entry per student for following @sgullibrary on Twitter.

4. Multiple entries will be disqualified.

5. Winners will be chosen at random from all valid entries once the competition has closed on Friday 14th October 2016.

6. Winners will be contacted via Facebook or Twitter. Please be sure to check your account.

7. The prize can only be collected in person from St George’s Library on production of a valid St George’s University ID card.

8. Prizes must be collected within two weeks of notification.

9. The Judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered in to.

10. Photos of the prize winners will be taken to be used in publicity on Library social media channels.

11. One prize draw will take place, unless the prize(s) are not collected by the deadline, in which case uncollected prizes will be redrawn (once only).


Terms and Conditions: Spot the Bull

The following Terms and Conditions relate to the Spot the Bull competitions run during Freshers Fayre 2016.

  1. The competition will run 10am-2pm during the Postgraduate Freshers’ Fayre on Tuesday 30 Aug 2016 and the Undergraduate Freshers’ Fayre on  Monday 19 Sept 2016.
  2. The competition is open to St George’s, University of London and Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education (Kingston University and St George’s, University of London partnership) students only.
  3. Entry to the competition is restricted to one entry per student for providing their name and contact details on the Spot the Bull grid.
  4. Multiple entries will be disqualified.
  5. A winning location on the grid will have been selected at random in advance of each Fayre.
  6. Winners will be contacted on the day of the Fayre via the contact details they provide on the grid (if legible) or their SGUL email (if identifiable).
  7. The prize can only be collected in person from St George’s Library on production of a valid St George’s University ID card.
  8. Prizes must be collected within two weeks of notification.
  9. The Judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered in to.
  10. Photos of the prize winners will be taken to be used in publicity on Library social media channels.

SGUL App Swap #03: Tues 15 Dec 1-2pm

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We will be running our 3rd App Swap event in December. This is a chance for staff and students to come together in an informal setting to share useful apps.

When and where will it take place?

Time: Tuesday 15 Dec 1 – 2pm

Location: Library Training Room, 1st Floor Hunter

Who can join in?

All staff and students at St George’s and St George’s Trust staff  who want to share or learn about apps.

What kind of apps will be shared?

This depends on what attendees bring on the day. Previous apps that have been shared include: AIM, Anatomy 4D, RevisePsych, MedEdEthics, Forest: Stay Focused, The Genetics Counselling App, ManchEWS.  Read our App Swap round up blog posts for more details.

Do I need to prepare a presentation?

No, the App Swap event is quite informal; just let us know what you think about the app you’ve chosen, and be prepared to show us it on your device.

How do I sign up?

To sign up for the event please send an e-mail to kpang@sgul.ac.uk with the subject heading App Swap event. If you already have an app in mind, please mention the app.  We have a limit of 14 places.

Will there be refreshments?

Yes! Tea, coffee and water will be provided, as well as some snacks.

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Tablet Competition for Students

As well as the App Swap event, St George’s is also running a competition to get you thinking about the best way to use technology to support your learning. Tell us the best apps for lectures, small groups, practicals and revision and you could win some great prizes, including Red Letter Day experiences and Pebble Time watches.

For more information visit the Tablet Competition webpage, or email experience@sgul.ac.uk

 

 

 

Congratulations to our competition winners!

Congratulations to:

Social Media competition winners: Sam, Matt, Daniel, Rozina, Jeremy, Hayley, Golnoush, Christy, Caroline, Maab, Inayat, Daryl and Khadiya.

Spot the Bull competition winners: Alina, Leigh and Elisa.

We  hope you enjoy the prizes.

Many thanks to:

Composite image of Library competition winnersImage of competition winners holding their tote bag prizes

Note: Library tote bags are available to buy from the Library Helpdesk for £3.