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A Scottish Open Access Press – Survey

More than ever before academics are expected to publish their research results Open Access. The UK funding councils under the UKRI umbrella have had an open access policy since 2013 (see related blog post for the latest update on this). The 4 national ...

7 May 2019Open Access

The Great Science Publishing Scandal

For centuries academic journals have been the custodians of scientific knowledge. But in the past few decades this has become increasingly contentious, as publishers continue to boast high profit margins, and their customers, largely academic libraries...

3 May 2019Open Access

UKRI Open Access Review

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) recently released a statement giving more details about the upcoming Open Access review. UKRI encompasses the 7 research funding councils formerly under the RCUK umbrella, as well as Research England and Innovate UK. T...

2 May 2019Open Access

Charlie Chaplin and Pixar’s WALL-E

It’s Charlie Chaplin’s birthday! So we are highlighting an article in our institutional repository that focuses on the slapstick comedy tradition of the silent era and specifically how the themes of Fordism and industrialisation are also reflected in t...

16 April 2019Open Access

Europe PMC Plus is getting an upgrade

In a recent blog post Europe PMC announced that their Europe PMC Plus system will soon be getting an upgrade. PMC Plus is the interface used by Principal Investigators to upload manuscripts to the Europe PMC repository. After the upgrade the system pr...

2 April 2019Open Access

Screening of Paywall – the business of scholaship

We are planning a screening of Paywall: The Business of Scholarship, on April 25th 2019 in the Byre Theatre, followed by a panel session chaired by Katie Stevenson. The movie is a documentary which focuses on the need for open access to research and...

1 April 2019Open Access

World Poetry Day: Marion Agnes (1865-1946)

To mark World Poetry Day we're highlighting a PhD theses in the University's Research Repository.   The thesis, by Aimée Y Chalmers, delves into the life and works of the Scottish novelist and poet Marion Agnes (1865-1946). Aimée introduces the first ...

21 March 2019Open Access

16,000 items now in St Andrews Research Repository

Today the St Andrews Research Repository reached another Milestone - 16,000 items! The 16,000th item was: 'Of decolonial imaginings in Black Panther', by Muneerah Razak. 'Of decolonial imaginings in Black Panther' was recently published in the stud...

20 March 2019Open Access

Fed up with publisher paywalls? Here are some tools that can help!

Publisher paywalls are an enduring phenomenon in scholarly publishing, and one that frustrates the research of the those without subscriptions and who cannot afford to pay the often unpalatable fees for access. Luckily ...

15 March 2019Open Access

Library satisfaction survey – have your say

The University Library is currently running a survey to find our what you think about our services. The survey should only take around 5 minutes to complete, and you could win a £200 Amazon gift card. Questions are grouped under: enquiries, support ...

13 March 2019Open Access

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