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Open Access Training Session aimed at new and existing staff and students thinking of publishing.

This is a one hour session which will introduce you to the main details you need to know about OA publishing, including complaince with funder and REF policies and University financial support available plus more.

What: Open Access training
Where: Cochrane Building room 0.17
When: Tuesday 15 October 9am-10am.

All research staff, PGR students and ULS staff welcome. Find details on the intranet Events page. Staff booking via Core, student booking via email to openaccess@cardiff.ac.uk

Unpaywall Browser extension

is a browser extension which adds an icon to your screen that lets you know if the full text of the article you are trying to view is available Open Access.  You can add the extension to Google Chrome or Firefox and click on the icon to check for a link to an Open Access version – it’ll add an open padlock icon to the right of the screen, which will take you to the full text.

The extension works using DOI’s – so if there is no DOI- the plugin won’t work.

Read more about Unpaywall and its origins here

Is this a game changer in the way that people access free full-text versions of research articles? Let us know what you think of it in comments below!


Open Access for Researchers @ Cardiff University

Watch Sonja Haerkoenen’s presentation on Open Access for Researchers at Cardiff University to.

  • Learn about the terminology used to help you understand Open Access
  • Find out how you can meet your funders’ Open Access requirements
  • Ensure you are prepared for the next REF with Open Access compliant publications
  • Get information on how to apply for central Gold Open Access funding
  • Access further help and support

Sonja runs monthly Open Access: REF and funder requirement sessions. To book see instructions below:

–          Log in to the Intranet

–          Follow the link to Core HR

–          Select Development from your options on the left

–          Find the “Open Access: REF and funder requirements” course by typing in sonja as a keyword in the search box on the right

–          Click on the green plus sign to request to attend this course

–          Then select the date you are interested in

–          Click on submit

You will receive a confirmation email to let you know that you are booked on.


Dates for the next sessions are as follows:

1 June, 1-2pm, Dental School Building, Norman Whitehouse Lecture Theatre (Small LT)

6 July, 1-2pm, Glamorgan Building, Room -1.63


Open Access

Want to understand the idea behind Open Access and what this means for you?

We’ll have training sessions in the near future on selecting a journal for publication / preparing for publication and navigating the open access scene.

Check here to sign up.


Why is it essential for you to know about Open Access?

Why is Open Access important?
The more people who view your work, the higher the impact – both within the researchcommunity and on society as a whole.

Making work freely available increases its visibility, readership and impact. It can alsoincrease citations to your work and improve the speed at which your work is cited. HEFCE might require Open Access for any outputs submitted to the next REF in 2020.

What is Open Access?

Commercial publishers can offer two types of Open Access:

Open Access Publishing: (also called gold Open Access) describes paying an Article Processing Charge (APC) to the publisher in order to make the final, published pdf of your research paper available to anyone free of charge on publication (or, occasionally, retrospectively).

Open Access Self-Archiving: (also called green Open Access) describes depositing the full text of your research paper in an institutional repository (e.g. ORCA at Cardiff University). The publisher might not allow you to use the final, published pdf. An embargo period might also apply.

Some journals use a fully Open Access publishing model where no charges apply.

When is Open Access compulsory?

These funders require Open Access publication as a condition of their research grants, fellowships and PhD studentships:

 all UK Research Councils Wellcome Trust Horizon 2020

If you are funded by one of these bodies, before submitting a paper for publication:
 email your Subject Librarian or openaccess@cardiff.ac.uk to find out how you can be

compliant with your funder’s Open Access requirements; or

view the Funders & Authors Compliance Tool at http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/fact/

 download our guidance notes from the Cardiff University Open Access pages at http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/insrv/forresearchers/openaccess/index.html

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Writing for publication: What difference does Open Access make? Workshop for Researchers

Wilma Mossinck of Jisc Collections will be leading a workshop on Open Access publishing, and its implications on authors, on:

Friday 24th May, 10.30am – 12.30pm
Bute Building, room 1.50

The workshop is open to all authors, researchers, and research students who would like to know what they can expect from publishers with regards to Open Access, and what they can ask for.

Wilma Mossinck is a specialist in negotiating publishing contracts, and the workshop will cover the differences between transferring copyright and licensing, and what the new Creative Commons licenses mean in Open Access publishing. All kinds of publication can be covered, including monographs, theses and articles.

There is no need to book to attend this event, please just come along on the day. However, please note that the capacity of the room is limited so seating will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

Open Access at Cardiff University Explained

open accessFind out what Open Access is and how it affects you here:

You may find that if you are working to a research grant the output is required to be Open Access. It also increases readership of your work….which may increase its impact and citations.

Workshops will be running for REF panel A on:

12th February, 10am – 11.30am, in the Julian Hodge Training Room 1.
19th February, 10am – 11.30am, in the Large IT Training Room in the Cochrane Building.

To book a place on one of these sessions, please use the relevant survey link below.

Open Access Publishing and Self-Archiving Workshops for REF Panel A

Research Staff Workshops on Open Access Publishing & Self-Archiving

open accessRecent changes in academic publishing (Government commissioned Finch Report) are causing a dramatic and rapid shift to Open Access publishing.
INSRV is organising a series of workshops for Research staff to provide details on funds available for Open Access publishing at Cardiff.
The workshops will cover:

– The recent changes to Open Access publishing requirements by the various funding councils following the Finch Report

  • – Subject specific information on journals’ copyright policies
  • – Citation data
  • – Increasing impact

The workshops will also include time to look at specific journals and outputs, and relevant Subject Librarians will be on hand to provide advice.

Workshops have been arranged for each REF Panel separately.

To book a place on one of these sessions, please use the relevant survey link below.

12th February, 10am – 11.30am, in the Julian Hodge Training Room 1.
19th February, 10am – 11.30am, in the Large IT Training Room in the Cochrane Building.

Open Access Publishing and Self-Archiving Workshops for REF Panel A