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Rounding off Open Access Week 2018 . . .

26 October 2018

To celebrate Open Access Week this year, we have focused on equitable opportunities for students and early career researchers to get published, and on how their research can be made Open Access. During the week, we hosted talks from publisher Taylor and Francis and from our own Cardiff University Press. Mark Robinson from Taylor and Francis presented guidance and top tips for authors on “How to get published”, together with an overview of how to go Open Access via the Gold and Green routes. Alice Percival, Executive Officer with Cardiff University Press spoke on how to “Get involved, get published” with the Press, with advice for potential authors and an insight into the publishing process and the Press’s innovative Diamond “free in, free out Open Access model. Cardiff University staff and students member can request copies of any of these presentations by emailing Carrdiff University Press offers a variety of opportunities for our students to get involved, and potentially enhance their employability skills. The press has student representatives on the Board, and offers opportunities for students to learn about and assist with the editorial and production side of the press. Our student led publication British Student Doctor Journal (BSDJ) offers an early opportunity for medical students to get published.

Our institutional repository ORCA enables Cardiff University’s publications and theses to be openly accessible to all. Following on from our #ThesisThursday post, here are some examples our former student’s PhD theses that have been turned into successful books. The published book versions are only available to purchase, but any reader can view or download the full text of the original thesis on which the book is based by clicking on the ORCA link next to each title.

Katie Garner’s thesis “Avalon Recovered: The Arthurian Legend in British women’s writing, 1775-1845 published as “Romantic Women Writers and Arthurian Legend- The Quest for Knowledge”

Victoria Leonard’s thesis “Imperial authority and the providence of monotheism in Orosius‘s Historiae Adversus Paganos”  published as Orosius’s History Against the Pagans and the Unimproved Past

Gideon Brough’s thesis “Medieval diplomatic history: France and the Welsh” 1163-1417 published as The Rise and Fall of Owain Glyndwr: England, France and the Welsh Rebellion in the Late Middle Ages

David Truesdale’s thesis Mingling kings and clowns: carnivalesque politics of the fifteenth-century King and Commoner tradition” published as The King and Commoner Tradition – Carnivalesque Politics in Medieval and Early Modern Literature

Shayne Husbands’ thesis The literary and cultural significance of the early Roxburghe Club” published as published as The Early Roxburghe Club 1812-1835