Finch Report on Expanding Access to Published Research Findings released

The Government commissioned Finch Report on Expanding Access to Published Research Findings was released yesterday. The working group, which included publishers, funders, librarians and figures from universities and learned societies, was set the task of looking at how the UK might go about adopting an open access approach to publicly funded research, what the benefits might be to the UK as a whole and what the costs might be.

The recommendation of the working group is that the ‘Gold’ approach to Open Access, whereby journal articles are made freely available upon payment of a fee, should be adopted. The report outlines a number of possible scenarios ranging from a situation whereby the adoption of an open acess policy across the HE sector would result in a saving of several million pounds to  the possibility of increased costs to the sector depending on the charges levied by publishers to publish in an open access manner and a possible change in the number of articles published each year.

The report is a key indication that the UK government supports the principles of open access – what now needs to be determined is the best manner in which to achieve it. Universities and funding bodies are now considering the report and its implications.

There is not a great deal of discussion of repositories such as Enlighten in the report, and it will be interesting to see what the future holds for us.

Comments on the report have appeared in a wide range of sources:

Guardian – Open access is the future of academic publishing, says Finch report

Times Higher Education – Push for gold will cost millions, open-access report says

Wellcome Trust response – Wellcome Trust responds to Finch Report on open access

RCUK response – RCUK welcomes the ‘Finch report’

BBC – Report calls on government to back open access science

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Latest download stats for April 2012

During April 21012 there were nearly 20,000 downloads of full text papers from Enlighten. This figure has been steadily climbing from 15,600 downloads in January of this year.  The following papers featured amongst our highest climbers for April:

Forsyth, K. (1995) Some thoughts on Pictish symbols as a formal writing system. In: Henderson, I. and Henry, D. (eds.) The Worm, the Germ and the Thorn: Pictish and Related Studies Presented to Isabel Henderson. Pinkfoot Press, pp. 85-98. ISBN 1874012172 [An increase of 137 downloads in comparison with March 2012figures]

Hastings, A., and Matthews, P. (2011) “Sharp Elbows”: Do the Middle-Classes have Advantages in Public Service Provision and if so how? Project Report. University Of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK. [An increase of 127 downloads in comparison with March 2012 figures]

Briggs, J. (2005) The use of indigenous knowledge in development: problems and challenges. Progress in Development Studies, 5 (2). pp. 99-114. ISSN 1464-9934 (doi:10.1191/1464993405ps105oa) [An increase of 94 downloads in comparison with March 2012 figures]

 

 

Highest climbers in February 2012

Here are details of the full text papers in Enlighten that showed the largest increase in downloads during February in comparison with the figures for January 2012. Some of these also appear in the list of top 10 downloaded papers for February 2012. It’s interesting to see that many of the papers are not recent articles. There is also a distinct trend towards interest in papers in the areas of Accounting & Finance, Celtic & Gaelic Studies and Electrical Engineering.

Serafini, Mauro, Bugianesi, Rossana, Maiani, Giuseppe, Valtuena, Silvia, De Santis, Simone, and Crozier, Alan (2003) Plasma antioxidants from chocolate. Nature, 424 (6952). p. 1013. ISSN 1476-4687 (doi:10.1038/4241013a)

Johnston, S.F. (2006) The physical tourist. Physics in Glasgow: a heritage tour. Physics in Perspective, 8 (4). pp. 451-465. ISSN 1422-6960 (doi:10.1007/s00016-006-0310-6)

Beattie, V. (2000) The future of corporate reporting: a review article. Irish Accounting Review, 7 (1). pp. 1-36. ISSN 0791-9638

Miller, T.J.E. (2002) Optimal design of switched reluctance motors. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, 49 (1). pp. 15-27. ISSN 0278-0046 (doi:10.1109/41.982244)

Beattie, V., McInnes, W., and Fearnley, S. (2004) A methodology for analysing and evaluating narratives in annual reports: a comprehensive descriptive profile and metrics for disclosure quality attributes. Accounting Forum, 28 (3). pp. 205-236. ISSN 1467-6303 (doi:10.1016/j.accfor.2004.07.001)

Beattie, V., and Fearnley, S. (1995) The Importance of Audit Firm Characteristics and the Drivers of Auditor Change in UK Listed Companies. Accounting and Business Research, 25 (100). pp. 227-239. ISSN 0001-4788

Forsyth, Katherine (1995) Language in Pictland: spoken and written. In: Nicoll, E.H. and Forsyth, K. (eds.) A Pictish panorama: the story of the Picts. Pinkfoot Press, pp. 7-10. ISBN 1874012105

Beattie, V., Edwards, K, and Goodacre, A. (1998) The impact of constructive operating lease capitalisation on key accounting ratios. Accounting and Business Research, 28 (4). pp. 233-254. ISSN 0001-4788

Ang, K.H., Chong, G.C.Y., and Li, Y. (2005) PID control system analysis, design, and technology. IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, 13 (4). pp. 559-576. ISSN 1063-6536 (doi:10.1109/TCST.2005.847331)

Forsyth, K. (1997) Language in Pictland : the case against ‘non-Indo-European Pictish’. Series: Studia Hameliana, 2 . De Keltiche Draak. ISBN 9080278556

Holland, J. (2010) Banks, knowledge and crisis: a case of knowledge and learning failure. Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance, 18 (2). pp. 87-105. ISSN 1358-1988 (doi:10.1108/13581981011033961)

 

More Enlighten statistics for February 2012

Using a combination of Google Analytics and IRStats we can see that page views of items in Enlighten in February 2012 were 78,205  – an increase of more than 17,00 in comparison to the figures for February 2011. We don’t think this can be accounted for by the extra day in February in 2012!

The total number of full text papers downloaded during February 2012 was 16,8989 – an increase of over 3,500 downloads in comparison with February 2011.

 

Latest Enlighten download figures – February 2012

Here are details of our most popular full text items during February 2012. The figures indicate the number of downloads during February.

Serafini, Mauro, Bugianesi, Rossana, Maiani, Giuseppe, Valtuena, Silvia, De Santis, Simone, and Crozier, Alan (2003) Plasma antioxidants from chocolate. Nature, 424 (6952). p. 1013. ISSN 1476-4687 (doi:10.1038/4241013a) 303
Smith, A.J., Cameron, S.O., Bagg, J., and Kennedy, D. (2001) Management of needlestick injuries in general dental practice. British Dental Journal, 190 (12). pp. 645-650. ISSN 0007-0610 285
Mackie, I.J., Kitchen, S., Machin, S.J., and Lowe, G.D.O. (2003) Guidelines on fibrinogen assays. British Journal of Haematology, 121 (3). pp. 396-404. ISSN 0007-1048 (doi:10.1046/j.1365-2141.2003.04256.x) 234
Fearnley, S., Beattie, V. , and Brandt, R. (2005) Auditor independence and audit risk: a reconceptualisation. Journal of International Accounting Research, 4 (1). pp. 39-71. ISSN 1542-6297 232
Ang, K.H., Chong, G.C.Y., and Li, Y. (2005) PID control system analysis, design, and technology. IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, 13 (4). pp. 559-576. ISSN 1063-6536 (doi:10.1109/TCST.2005.847331) 204
Fearnley, S., and Beattie, V. (2004) The reform of the UK’s auditor independence framework after the Enron collapse: an example of evidence-based policy making. International Journal of Auditing, 8 (2). pp. 117-138. ISSN 1099-1123 (doi:10.1111/j.1099-1123.2004.00085.x) 200
Emslie, C. (2005) Women, men and coronary heart disease: a review of the qualitative literature. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 51 (4). pp. 382-395. ISSN 1365-2648 (doi:10.1111/j.1365-2648.2005.03509.x) 199
Miller, T.J.E. (2002) Optimal design of switched reluctance motors. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, 49 (1). pp. 15-27. ISSN 0278-0046 (doi:10.1109/41.982244) 168
Green, G., Kennedy, P., and McGown, A. (2002) Management of multi-method engineering design research: a case study. Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, 19 (2). pp. 131-140. ISSN 0923-4748 (doi:10.1016/S0923-4748(02)00006-1) 163
Beattie, V., McInnes, W., and Fearnley, S. (2004) A methodology for analysing and evaluating narratives in annual reports: a comprehensive descriptive profile and metrics for disclosure quality attributes. Accounting Forum, 28 (3). pp. 205-236. ISSN 1467-6303 (doi:10.1016/j.accfor.2004.07.001) 160

Open Access Week competition winners

Following our Open Access Week deposit competition the Enlighten team is pleased to announce the following winners:

Individual academic depositing the most full text articles during the week: Dr David Conway, Dental School. See David’s papers at http://eprints.gla.ac.uk/view/author/3995.html and view his staff profile.

School depositing the largest number full text papers during the week: School of Social and Political Sciences. See publications produced by the School at http://eprints.gla.ac.uk/view/divisions/40500000/

Well done to the winners – we hope that they will encourage even more Glasgow staff to deposit their publications. To find out how to deposit see the Glasgow Authors section of the Enlighten site.

Celebrating Open Access Week 2011!

To celebrate Open Access Week (24-30 October) Enlighten is running a competition to boost the number of open access full text records held in the service.  Part of the ethos behind Enlighten is to promote the University of Glasgow’s publications through the open access movement, meaning that anyone in the world can access the University’s research free of charge.  Having the full text of papers available in Enlighten leads to greater visibility, potentially resulting in increased access, more downloads and increased citations.

Schools, research institutes or individual staff members can send their full text to the Enlighten team for new or existing publications.  Full text can be submitted in word or pdf format and must be the author final version (i.e. the final refereed version submitted to the publisher, without any publisher formatting or logos). Final results will be calculated at a school level and a special prize will be awarded to the school who submits the most full text to Enlighten during Open Access week (24-30 October). We will also be giving a prize to the individual researcher who deposits the highest number of publications during the week.

Either deposit your publications in the normal way or e-mail your full text to deposit@lib.gla.ac.uk.  The winners will be announced during the week beginning 31st October 2011.

Find out more at http://www.lib.gla.ac.uk/enlighten/openaccessweek/