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Event report: MERCIAN Research Data Management (RDM): skills to support RDM

The Mercian Collaboration RDM Special Interest Group exists to provide local and regional support and a forum for exchanging experiences and challenges in providing RDM services and tools. We hold two face to face events/workshops a year, and last month we held a successful and well-attended event which focussed on the skills required to support RDM in University libraries, explored the different channels and opportunities for professional development in this area of research service activity, as well as ideas on how we collaborate with other colleagues and stakeholders within our institutions.



The event was focussed on the skills needed to support RDM in University libraries as well as examples of professional development and collaboration with colleagues in library services. The event was held at the University of Birmingham main library and many thanks to Patricia (RDM SIG member) for hosting, organising, and facilitating such an interesting event and in such a wonderful location.

Open Access: service planning and increasing advocacy and engagement

Working in the area of open access within an institutional setting is at times challenging, frustrating and yet immensely rewarding. This morning we processed an invoice for £4, 440, the cost for publishing one article via GOLD open access, the publisher Article Processing Charge (APC). The nature of our work means we do this very often, as we allocate funds from our UKRI OA block grant and the COAF fund.

Our research services team have recently been spending some time thinking about our OA service priorities and activities, naturally OA compliance and REF being our highest priority. Our open access website contains guidance for our community at Leicester, where we try to make the process as simple as possible, to comply with both funder and institutional OA expectations. We have a very busy helpdesk, do a significant amount of OA advocacy, embed OA training into the researcher development programme, and are currently in the process of migrating the Leicester Research Archive from its…

Open access publishing in medicine and health: deciding where to publish

by: Keith Nockels
Academic Librarian
Many research funders require you to publish the work they fund as an open access article (check SHERPA/JULIET to see if your funder does). Open access articles are freely available to all readers, with no need for a subscription or payment. This makes your work more widely available, and may increase its citation count. In the traditional publishing model, the reader pays a subscription, or a fee to download an individual article. In the open access model, the reader pays nothing. To discuss how open access affects you as an author, and whether you will need to pay a fee, contact us for advice.



There are many reputable open access publishers, and many reputable “traditional” publishers offer an open access option.  But publishing has a bad side too. There are publishers who charge a fee, promise great things, and deliver little. Some of them solicit articles by emailing people directly.     I sometimes get emails, inviting me to write an article. Ala…