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New CRUK OA policy

Cancer Research UK has announced it will be implementing a new open access policy for articles accepted for publication from 1 January 2022. It will require immediate open access (with zero embargo). Details are at http://openaccess.ox.ac.uk/2020/05/01/new-cancer-research-uk-open-access-policy-from-1-january-2022/.

Oxford’s RCUK/UKRI block grant policy 2020-21

The new RCUK OA block grant year has begun (1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021). Oxford has received a new grant and our allocation policy continues as before, prioritising payments for fully OA journals (ie. listed in the Directory of OA Journals). For more information see news item at http://openaccess.ox.ac.uk/2020/04/01/oxfords-rcuk-ukri-open-access-block-grant-policy-2020-21/ and Applying for RCUK block grant at http://openaccess.ox.ac.uk/applying-for-funding-from-oxfords-rcuk-open-access-block-grant/ (with updated application form)

Oxford’s Open Access ‘Read and Publish’ agreements

Our researchers can now publish open access without charge in journals covered by Read and Publish’ agreements with publishers. They cover both Article Processing Charges (APCs) and subscription payments, and are sometimes called transformative agreements because they aim to transition towards a full open access model, in line with funder requirements.

These institutional deals enable all corresponding authors from the University (whether grant-funded or not) to publish research articles open access in participating journals for no extra cost to themselves.

 We currently have R&P deals with the following publishers: Company of Biologists, Institute of Physics Publishing, Microbiology Society, Portland Press, Springer and Wiley. Any new agreements will be added to the list once they are signed.

More details of participating publishers and eligible journals are on our Publisher payment schemes page at http://openaccess.ox.ac.uk/faq-publisher-pre-pay-schemes/.

Open Access services

The Bodleian’s ORA, APC and enquiry teams are working remotely and can be contacted via email: OA Enquiries openaccess@bodleian.ox.ac.uk for Act on Acceptance, depositing or any other OA-related matters; APC team apc@bodleian.ox.ac.uk regarding invoices related to the RCUK and Wellcome/Charity OA Fund block grants. The ORA team are continuing to review and process deposits, and can be emailed at ora@bodleian.ox.ac.uk. The ORA website https://ora.ox.ac.uk is available as normal

New Bodleian department for Open Scholarship Support

A restructure has taken place in recent months, led by Amy Warner May, the Bodleian's Associate Director, Scholarly Resources, to create a new department for Open Scholarship Support. It will lead on the delivery of support for Open Access, Open Scholarship (including Open Science) and Research Data Management provision, and will also provide expert advice on Copyright and Licensing, Digital Preservation and Digital Innovation. Recruitment to the new post of Head of Open Scholarship Support has taken place and will be announced in due course.

Open Access Oxford Week, 9-13 March 2020

The week went ahead and had good attendance in the circumstances. The programme achieved its aim of using locally based speakers to air some current hot topics in OA/open scholarship: Plan S, FAIR data, author copyright and an 'Implementing DORA' session which provided another opportunity to promote the university's Principles on responsible use of research metrics. Speaker slides are available on the OAO Week page at http://openaccess.ox.ac.uk/oaoxford-week-march-2020/.

70,000 open access items in ORA

Oxford Research Archive, the university’s institutional repository, contains records for around 250,000 articles, theses and other publication types by Oxford academics and researchers. Over 70,000 are now available as full text, freely available for anyone to read. Read about the milestone article - by an English Faculty researcher - at http://openaccess.ox.ac.uk/2020/04/27/70000-full-text-items-in-ora-oxford-universitys-repository/.

Online OA training date for Trinity Term

The regular ‘Open Access Oxford – what's happening?’ session will run as a webinar on Wednesday 13 May, 2-3pm. Book via https://libguides.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/workshops/OAO.