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Open-access publishing for RCUK-funded research

Disclosure date: 10 April 2014

Reference: FOI2014/049

Request

1. How many outputs of RCUK-funded research papers (journal articles and conference proceedings) have researchers at the university published in open-access publications from 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014?

2. What is this number when expressed as a percentage of the total number of papers that were the output of RCUK-funded research conducted at the university, and published from 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014?

3. Of the papers published under open access, how many were published immediately using an RCUK-funded APC (the 'gold' route)?

4. Of the papers published under open access, how many were published with no charge to the author but under embargo in a subscription journal (green)?

5. Does somebody at the university check that articles published using an APC are being made open access by the publisher? ('Yes' can mean either that somebody checks every article or a sample.)

6. If yes to 5, what percentage of the papers the university was expecting to be open access have not been made open access by the publisher? (If the answer is an estimate, please say so).

7. If yes to 5, what percentage of the papers carry no clear indication of their open-access or publishing licence status? (If the answer is an estimate, please say so).

Response

1. Based on data from SOAS Research Online, there are no publications funded by RCUK that meet the above criteria. NB: it is not compulsory for academics to declare whether an output resulted from funded research when depositing, this figure is only for reference. NB: the funder metadata field was only available from November 2013 see:http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/view/funder/

2. If the number is zero then it cannot be expressed as a percentage.

3. Zero

4. Assuming this means RCUK funded papers then the answer is zero again.

5. Not applicable.

6. Not applicable.

7. Not applicable.