We are pleased to introduce the Autumn Update from the OA Good Practice Pathfinder projects (http://bit.ly/1hZR8Y2). In this update, we will provide you with a round-up of Pathfinder developments and outputs that you can take away and use. We also have updates from Jisc OA projects and services, which were also featured in a webinar on 19 October (recording at http://bit.ly/1OVSiAD) all of which should arm you with the support and tools you need to realise effective OA implementation within your own institution.
Summer 2015 has seen no shortage of OA policy developments, from the OA policy review by Research Councils UK (RCUK) to the release of the Higher Education and Funding Council for England (HEFCE)’s updated requirements for next year’s Research Excellence Framework (REF). To help address some of the challenges that have been thrown up by both policies, Jisc, in consultation with colleagues at the Association of Research Managers and Administrators (Arma), Research Libraries UK (RLUK), Society of College, National and University Libraries (Sconul) and UK Council of Research Repositories (UKCoRR), has produced a set of top tips for those seeking to make progress on their own OA journey.
The Pathfinder projects have also remained responsive to this changing policy landscape, particularly with regard to the REF OA policy. In addition to providing shareable examples of good practice in OA implementation they have also been considering ways in which they address challenges identified by the review of progress towards implementation OA policy for REF undertaken by Research Consulting in May, which is outlined in the Pathfinder realignment section.
Taking Jisc and Pathfinder-produced materials together, a corpus of OA support materials is emerging. This has recently been added to by the European Union-funded project PASTEUR4OA, which is the focus of our “Spotlight on…” feature and has recently released a range of advocacy materials which can be used to inform the development, reinforcement and effectiveness of institutional OA policies.
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Download the Autumn OA Good Practice Pathfinder Update (http://bit.ly/1hZR8Y2)