Archive for ‘open access’

January 16, 2013

Refund of OA payments from F accounts

by Debbie

Open access logoWe can refund publication fees for previously published articles resulting from RCUK-funded research, where payment was made from an academic personal (F) account. The article will have to meet RCUK conditions so needs to be published under a CC-BY licence.

To request a refund to your F account, please fill in the application form, indicating that your article is ‘already published’ and that you are requesting a refund of the fees. There is no limit on publication date, but it will help us to process your application if you can provide the invoice and the PO number used when you made the original payment.

If you are unsure whether your article is RCUK-compliant, please request a refund, and the Library will confirm if you are eligible or not. If you have any questions, please email

November 19, 2012

RCUK open access fund

by Debbie

As you may be aware, in July 2012 RCUK announced a revised OA policy, which will apply to all RCUK grant holders from 1 April 2013, and will mean that RCUK-funded research outputs have to be made available on open access.  From April RCUK will provide a block grant to all institutions in receipt of RCUK funding to cover article processing charges (APCs) and other publication charges, and you will no longer be able to charge these to your RCUK research grants.

In recognition that this will be a considerable shift for many researchers in the UK, RCUK has allocated funds to 30 HEIs to contribute towards the costs of open access (OA) publishing of RCUK-funded research outputs. The College has received £729 000.

From November 2012 Imperial researchers are now asked to apply to this intermediary fund to cover open access article processing charges (APCs) and other publication charges for any material which:

a) has been accepted for publication from [date fund launched], and

b) is the output of RCUK-funded (wholly or partly) funded research. 

The publication (ie journal) should be compliant with the RCUK Access to Research Outputs Policy; the Library will check all applications and inform you if the publisher does not meet RCUK conditions.

  1. Articles should be published under a CC-BY licence , and you will find many publishers already offer this, or are working towards doing so.
  2. You can check information about your publisher’s OA policy using Sherpa Romeo .
  3. Information on publishers who provide Paid options for open access can also be found at Sherpa Romeo.

The application form is available at the Library website and to complete it you will need:

  • the details of your publication,
  • costs of the APC and page charges (where applied),
  • and your grant information.

Please note that:

  • Not all articles will require the payment of APCs to made available on open access
  • This intermediary fund is for RCUK-funded research outputs only; if you want to publish non-RCUK funded work on open access and require fee payment, please apply to the Wellcome Trust or OA Publication fund as appropriate.
October 18, 2011

Spiral top twenty downloads for September 2011

by Debbie

The list of the top 20 downloads from Spiral for September 2011 is now available to view on the Library website.

Spiral, the Digital Repository for research output of Imperial College London, aims to:

  • increase the visibility of the College’s research publications
  • allow free and open access to all material added to it, and
  • provide links to academics’ professional web pages

To find out more about Spiral, click here.

May 10, 2011

Spiral top twenty downloads for April 2011

by Debbie

The list of the top 20 downloads from Spiral for April 2011 is now available to view on the Library website.

Spiral, the Digital Repository for research output of Imperial College London, aims to:

  • increase the visibility of the College’s research publications
  • allow free and open access to all material added to it, and
  • provide links to academics’ professional web pages

To find out more about Spiral, click here.

April 12, 2011

Spiral web pages updated

by Debbie

The Library’s pages about Spiral, our institutional repository, have been updated and redesigned. You can find them here:

You can find information on:

  • Keeping the right documents
  • Before you add a paper to Spiral
  • How to add a research paper
  • How to add an Imperial awarded thesis

as well as links to information on policies and licences, copyright and more. There is also an FAQ.

June 10, 2010

Your views on open access publishing are needed!

by Debbie

The SOAP Project (*), funded by the European Commission, would like to announce the release of an online survey to assess researchers’ experiences with open access publishing. This survey aims to inform the most comprehensive analysis of attitudes to open access publishing to date and is seeking views from a wide a range of interested parties. It is primarily aimed at active researchers in public and private organizations, from all research fields in science and the humanities and focuses on publication of research articles in (open access) peer-reviewed journals.

If you would like to contribute to shaping the public discourse on open access, please visit It should take 10-15 minutes to complete. We would appreciate if you would share this link with your work colleagues and research collaborators so that the views of your discipline are properly represented. The survey outcome will be made public and the resulting insights as well as recommendations will be openly shared with the European Commission and other research funding agencies, publishers, and libraries.

(*) Note: The SOAP consortium is coordinated by CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. It represents key stakeholders in open access, such as publishers BioMedCentral, SAGE and Springer; funding agencies (the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council) and libraries (the Max Planck Digital Library of the Max Planck Society). The project runs for two years, from March 2009 to February 2011.

November 24, 2008

Scholarly communication event

by Debbie

The Research Information Network is holding a free event on scholarly communication/open access on the 11th December, entitled “What does it cost and who pays? Scholarly communications globally and in the UK”. Please see the flyer below for more information.

‘What does it cost?’ Flyer

November 7, 2008

Spiral top twenty downloads – October 2008

by Debbie

The top twenty most viewed papers for October are now available from the Spiral site.

For more information on Spiral, Imperial College’s digital repository, please visit the Spiral Repository page on the library website, or see the Spiral FAQ.

October 9, 2008

BioMed Central Supporter Membership

by Debbie

The Library has funded a Supporter Membership with BioMed Central which will enable Imperial researchers to receive a 15% discount on BMC article processing charges. This membership applies to all new submissions from 8 October 2008 and is for one year.

There is more information on the library website.

August 13, 2008

BioMed Central pre-pay membership ceases 30 August 2008

by Debbie

The BioMed Central pre-pay membership will not be funded by the Library after 30th August 2008. After this date, BioMed Central open access fees must be paid from an alternative source.

Alternative sources of funding

The majority of biomedical research funders support open access and have grouped together to form the UKPMC Funders group. As a result, you can either include open access publication fees as a directly incurred cost in your initial grant application (RCUK) or apply for additional funding to publish open access at the point of publication (e.g. Wellcome). Funder policies are summarised on the Sherpa JULIET website. A claim form for Wellcome Trust grant holders can be found on the library website.

Another way … and it is free

If you publish with BioMed Central, your only option is to pay to publish open access, however other publishers allow authors to self-archive an electronic copy of a published paper in Spiral, Imperial’s institutional repository, or UK PubMed Central, a subject based repository for biomedical science. There is no charge to self-archive but it is at the discretion of publisher or copyright holder. You must therefore check the publishing agreement you signed or use the Sherpa RoMEO website to see the publisher’s current policy. For many research funders (e.g. bbsrc), self-archiving is either the preferred or an equally acceptable way to make research papers available as open access.

If you would like to know more about open access, ask a question or send the library feedback, please consult the open access section of the library website or email the library.

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