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Library Services during the current Lockdown

  The David Wilson Library building will remain open but with restricted access and reduced opening times from Wednesday 6 January. The building will be open for individual silent study (drop-in and bookable) for students on exempted courses and with an essential requirement to access study space and print book stock, those students classed as vulnerable, and for essential PGR and research activities only. Group study rooms will not be available. When visiting the library you must: Bring your university ID card to gain access Unless exempt, where a face covering at all times when in the building Observe social distancing and only use designated study spaces The revised opening hours of the building will be: Monday – Friday: 10.00am – 4.00pm Saturday and Sunday: 12.00pm – 5.00pm There will be no staffed services but a reception service will be available during the above hours. Our enquiry service will continue to operate online during the following times: Monday – Friday: 9.00am – 5.00p
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Wellcome Trust Open Access (OA) Policy: significant changes from 01 January 2021

The new Wellcome Trust Open Access (OA) Polic y will apply to any article that includes original, peer-reviewed research and is submitted for publication from 1 January 2021. Changes in a nutshell No embargoes accepted All research articles must be openly licensed Wellcome no longer providing funding for Article Processing Charges (APCs) in subscription/hybrid journals UNLESS they are part of a transformative agreement New grant condition added, namely, that all WT grant holders automatically grant a CC BY public copyright license to all their future Author Accepted Manuscripts (AAMs) This means that from 01 January 2021 a ll research articles supported in whole, or in part, by Wellcome must be: Made freely available through PubMed Central (PMC) and Europe PMC by the official final publication date Published under a Creative Commons attribution licence (CC BY), unless they have agreed, as an exception, to allow publication under a CC BY-ND licence Guidance and routes to compliance WT h

Xmas Library Services and New Year Training

Library Services over the Xmas Break Most of the Library Research Services Team will out of the office after Friday 18th December and will be back in on Monday 4th January. Online library resources will be available as normal over the Xmas break including the library search for ebooks, books, journal articles etc., A-Z Databases for literature searching and the Figshare Leicester Research Archive for open access research publications, data and theses. The Library Building will be closed on bank holidays but open on other days. Check the Library Opening Hours for full details. You will still be able to browse and borrow books, and book study space s on the days the building is open.  Please remember that the library building is still operating under COVID-19 restrictions , so please: wear a face covering (unless exempt) use the sanitising stations and clean down your study area before and after use bring your University ID for entry no food and drink apart from bottled water the win

Four Leicester academics named Highly Cited Researchers in 2020

Four Leicester academics feature in this year's list of Highly Cited Researchers, compiled by Web of Science.  To be in the list of Highly Cited Researchers you must have published multiple highly-cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in the Web of Science. The four Leicester academics are: Melanie J. Davies, Professor of Diabetes Medicine. Kamlesh Khunti, Professor of Primary Care Diabetes and Vascular Medicine. Alex J. Mitchell, Honorary Professor of Psycho-oncology and Liaison.  Gary B. Willars, Associate Professor, Department of Cell Physiology and Pharmacology. You can read the full list and further explanation here .

International Open Access Week: Open Access Books

T here is a great answered question in British open access policy: what will happen to books? It has long been signalled that OA policy for the next REF, and for research funded by UKRI, will require books to be made open access. Perhaps the real question is how will books be made open access?  The current proposal by UKRI is as follows: Monographs, book chapters and edited collections that acknowledge UKRI funding to be made OA.  The version of record, or author manuscript, should be made available via an online platform...  ... using a maximum 12 month embargo and CC BY or CC BY-ND licence.  This policy would apply to works published on, or after,  1 January 2024 . UKRI are still to decide on some issues including: definitions, exceptions (there are quite a few listed), author copyright.  This policy will also inform  future REF  open access policy. We provided more details on these proposals and the accompanying consultation earlier this year ( here and here ). A final decision is

University of Leicester Figshare Research Archive in numbers

  The University of Leicester is celebrating International Open Access Week 2020: ‘Open with Purpose: Taking Action to Build Structural Equity and Inclusion’. Today we would like to focus on the research outputs deposited in the institutional repository and their dissemination and reach to a global audience. The University of Leicester was the first UK HEI institution to go out for tender and procure a single solution for joined research data and publications repository  in 2017, which was fully launched and operational in November 2019. Since then we had over 1,5m views and over 1.1m downloads for both data and publications. The vast majority of deposited items are journal articles followed by theses, conference contributions and datasets. Even though the journal articles are the majority of items deposited, the 'Top 10' accessed items (over the past year) consists of 4 theses, 3 reports, 2 datasets and a book chapter: 1.        School Visits Post-lockdown: The Role of D

International Open Access Week - Spotlight on Leicester Open Journals

'Equity' is the theme of International Open Access Week this year. An important goal for the open access movement has been equality of access to academic publications. The aim is to reduce the barriers that readers outside the well-funded university system in Europe and North America face in accessing journals and books.  It is telling that many of the journals and working papers we support through University of Leicester Open Journals have emerged from disciplines and projects with strong practitioner participation or geographic focus. Museum and Society  publishes articles by both academics and museum professionals, reflecting a long-standing agenda within the School of Museum Studies. The museum sector has many small institutions within it, with correspondingly small budgets. Outside of national institutions like the V and A, which houses the UK's National Art Library, a library budget becomes a 'nice to have' rather than an essential service. Open access greatly