Welcome to Opening Research, the blog for Library Research Services at Newcastle University. Library Research Services are aimed at, but by no means exclusive to, all Newcastle researchers and Professional Services staff in research-related roles, offering support and advice throughout the research lifecycle. Our team can offer help and expertise on:
- Open Access
- ePrints (Newcastle University’s institutional open access repository)
- Scholarly communications and publishing
- Research data management
- data.ncl (Newcastle University’s institutional data repository)
- Researcher profile and impact
- Research and Special Collections
- PhD theses
These are all areas that are impacting on the work of our researchers today and we can help you understand the various policies and options researchers are presented with before, during and after the research process. It is important to us that we help researchers comply with their funders’ requirements, but we would like to go beyond that by promoting and advocating for good research practice and culture. Therefore, we intend the blog to be more than just a tool to communicate our services to you. We would like to use it as an opportunity to engage those involved in research and research support in discussions and debates about what is happening in the research landscape today.
I have been working in academic libraries for over 27 years, the last 17 at Newcastle University and for most of that time I’ve been directly supporting researchers one way or another. From RAE and REF submissions, to establishing open access platforms publishing Newcastle research, to liaising with publishers and consortia to get the best subscription and publishing deals possible, and I have never known as much change as that which is taking place now. For example:
- Are you aware of Plan S?
- Have you heard of DORA?
- Do you know that Newcastle University has agreements with publishers that allow you to publish your papers open access at no cost to you?
- What are the proposed open access requirements for the post-2021REF?
- Who is challenging the established research culture in institutions and why?
These are just some of the current issues that will impact on researchers working lives and we will be discussing in future blog posts. We hope you find them interesting and encourage you to join the debate or start the discussion yourself.
Head of Research Publications and Data Management Services