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  UKRI Open Access Policy: how to comply from 01 st April 2022 The new UKRI Open Access (OA) Policy applies to research articles and conference proceedings submitted on or after 1 st April 2022, and to longform publications (monographs, book chapters and edited collections) published on or after 1 st January 2024. Local advocacy and engagement The University Library Research Services team manages the UKRI open access block grant (OABG) awarded to the University, and we have been busy in February and March delivering UKRI OA policy college and departmental level briefings, presentations, and Q&A sessions. All of the slides and recordings from the CSE, CSSAH, and CLS briefings are available to access from our open access hub in Sharepoint. If you would like us to come and deliver a session in your college, departmental or research group meeting, please do drop us an  email . We can tailor it to your requirements (virtual or f2f, length of session etc). How to comply Fro
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The Microbiology Society: fee-free Open Access publishing for University of Leicester authors in 2022 The University of Leicester Library has recently signed up to The Microbiology Society ' Publish and Read' Jisc Collections transitional Agreement ' for the period  01 January 2022 to 31 December 2022. This agreement is designed to provide maximum incentive for microbiology researchers working within the UK HE sector to publish their work in the Society's not-for-profit journals, an "all you can eat" (AYCE) Publish & Read model & there is no bar/cap on numbers of articles submitted nor published within the agreement period.  During the period of this agreement we will receive unlimited access to all paywalled content on their publishing platform , plus unlimited, immediate open access publishing of the Version of Record for all corresponding authors at participating institutions under CC-BY licence terms in the Society’s (four hybrid and two open acces

Finding University of Leicester Theses in the Leicester Research Archive (Figshare)

Nearly all University of Leicester theses have been digitised and made available open access on the Leicester Research Archive (LRA) via Figshare. Some theses have an embargo, meaning you cannot read the full text of those theses, and there is a small number of historical theses that are only available in print in the library. Browsing Theses on the LRA Go to  Figshare Leicester Research Archive . Click on Groups. Choose University of Leicester Theses This will default to showing you the most recently uploaded theses. Browsing Theses by Department/School Please note this will only work for theses uploaded prior to October 2019. For newer theses please browse the Theses collection (as above) or search the archive (as below). Go to  Figshare Leicester Research Archive . Click on ‘search’. On the left hand side there are filters. Go to ‘Item type’ and filter by ‘thesis’. A list of theses will appear on the centre of the screen. To search for theses from your discipline, go to the group fi

New Web of Science Interface

 New Web of Science Interface Web of Science have updated their interface, so if you haven't used this literature database for a while it may look a little different. The default search interface still works in the same way as before, allowing you to choose fields to search and to add extra search boxes. For an overview of searching in Web of Science see their video on  Build Better Searches in Web of Scienc e . "Learn how to use search operators, truncation, and proximity searching to build better searches in Web of Science." Advanced Searching - Search History If you have used the Search History function in Web of Science in the past to build up complicated, systematic searches then this option has now changed. Instead you can build up searches using the  Advanced Search Query Builder . See their videos on: Using the Advanced Search Query Builder Combining Search Sets in Advanced Search

New University of Leicester Theses (July 2021)

New Open Access University of Leicester Theses added to the Leicester Research Archive (Figshare) in July 2021: Patrick, Kieran (2021): The Zinc Finger Protein Nolz1 is Required for Striatal Development and Axon Guidance of Forebrain Tracts. University of Leicester. Thesis. Ng, King-sau (2021): Emotional politics: the exploration of an occupy movement in Hong Kong. University of Leicester. Thesis.   Newbould, Robert (2021): Macroplastic Debris Transfer in Rivers: A Travel Distance Approach. University of Leicester. Thesis.   Hebbes, Christopher (2021): The immunomodulatory effects of nociceptin – development and validation of a biosensor assay. University of Leicester. Thesis. Nazir, Sheraz Ahmed (2021): Assessment of myocardial injury using 3T MRI and potential attenuation in ST-s

UK Universities and Elsevier negotiations: July update

UK Universities and Elsevier negotiations: July update Sector negotiations UK Universities, which includes the University of Leicester, on behalf of their researchers, are currently negotiating for an open access (OA) agreement with Elsevier. The two core objectives are: To reduce costs to levels they can sustain To provide full and immediate open access to UK research. Negotiations commenced in March and the negotiations are led by the sector and facilitated by Jisc. Jisc have produced a useful video , outlining the current open access (OA) publishing environment and the role of transitional/transformative agreements in accelerating access to research. The current Jisc Collections Elsevier ScienceDirect Journal agreement, which commenced in 2017 will end on 31 December 2021 and is the UK's largest subscription agreement.   The background to the Elsevier ScienceDirect journals agreement sector negotiations and why they are important can be found on the Jisc Elsevier negotiations

Wiley Read and Publish agreement: eligibility restrictions on OA publishing from 01 July 2021

UPDATE: from 1 July 2021 the Wiley Read and Publish agreement will be limited to UKRI, Wellcome Trust and former COAF funded research articles only. This is due to an article cap and temporary restrictions on the Wiley Open Access Accounts put in place by Jisc and Wiley. The University of Leicester is a participating Jisc  member institution of this transitional open access agreement and we will provide further updates if there is any change in eligibility criteria later in the year. This current restriction will last until 01st January 2022 , when the 2022 funds will be made available. So which Leicester authors are eligible from 01st July 2021? Corresponding authors affiliated with the University of Leicester who are funded by UKRI, Wellcome, British Heart Foundation, and Cancer Research UK are eligible. They are able to  publish their research and review articles immediately as open access (OA) in over 1,400 hybrid open access journals and  230+ fully open access journals. Wiley pr