YERUN 2018 | Exploring researcher engagement with open access through international collaboration

​The Scholarly Communication Office represented by David Walters and Chris Daley spoke to YERUN (Young European Research Universities) members this week about local open access policies and their relationship with international research collaboration.

You can find the video online at the link below and all the presentations are due to be shared on the YERUN website shortly. There were lots of other interesting talks about developing research organisations’ links with business, open science and other exciting topics.


David Walters and Christopher Daley from Brunel University London explore the complexities of the current UK open access (OA) policy landscape and examine the concurrent emergence of open science services which aim to provide global OA data. Using the results of their recent study, they will consider whether the global data on open access activity reveals tensions between natural research collaboration and policy drivers implemented at an institutional level.

Jisc Monitor within a UK open access service environment: Our adoption at Brunel University London

On Tuesday 24th October, I participated in a Jisc webinar and had the opportunity to showcase Brunel’s workflow and use of Monitor Local. We use this system to manage our APC workflows and for some compliance reporting. I discuss how we modelled our local accounting and audit requirements into the system, whilst meeting the reporting requirements for funders and Jisc.

Brunel’s finance model within the Jisc Monitor system

This system aggregates data captured by other Monitor local users and participants in the Jisc TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) project into a dashboard system “Monitor UK”, which should be released in the next few weeks.

Monitor UK will allow Brunel to benchmark our expenditure and levels of open access against other institutions.

It’s hoped this national aggregation of data concerning open access will help UK policy makers and Jisc’s negotiations with publishers in the transition to open scholarship.

The recording is available at the link here and is replicated on YouTube for convenience.

Apologies if my voice was a bit loud. I didn’t have a compatible headset and so was shouting at the microphone on my laptop to ensure I could be heard 🙂

Please get in touch if you have any further questions or would like to know more about our work in this area.

Open Access Week 2017

This week is Open Access Week, a global event now in its 10th year, which celebrates and promotes open access to scholarly publications and data.
The theme this year is ‘open in order to…’ which asks us to think about the concrete benefits of making research open access – to move beyond talking about openness in itself and focus on what openness enables – for an individual discipline, at a particular institution, or in a specific context; then to take action to realise these benefits. See open in order to for some inspiring examples and be sure to follow the conversation on Twitter #OAWeek.

Want to find out more about Open Access at Brunel?
The Scholarly Communication Office team (SCO) will be running the following two APEX workshops. Click on the links to book (Brunel authentication required)