Archive for October, 2014

Open Access Week

Would you like to:

  • Learn about HEFCE’s open access guidelines for the next REF?
  • Hear what a major funder has to say about research data sharing?
  • Get advice and support on Green/Gold OA, authors’ rights and research impact?

To mark this year’s International Open Access week, the SRI team is holding an event on

Wednesday 22 October, from 12.30 pm to 4 pm, in Lecture Theatre M.


 12.30 pm to 2:00 pm.        Coffee and help desks 

 2:00 pm 2:10 pm           Welcome by Caroline Rock, Director of Library and Learning Support Services

2:10 pm 2:55 pm           Ben Johnson, HEFCE Policy Adviser, on open access and REF2020 

2:55 pm 3.40 pm           David Carr, Wellcome Trust, on research data sharing 

3:40 pm 3:50 pm           Concluding remarks and acknowledgements by Caroline Rock

This event is of interest to academic and research staff at Surrey.

Places are limited for this event. To book a place, please contact the SRI team on sriopenaccess@surrey.ac.uk.

See videos and the Vice-Chancellor’s statement from last year’s Open Access week.


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The University has long been committed to making our research highly visible, openly accessible and widely disseminated. In 2005 we set up the University of Surrey’s Open Access repository followed by a policy supporting the deposit of peer-reviewed literature into this shared service.
Today our open access repository, now known as Surrey Research Insight Open Access (SRI Open Access), is growing rapidly in size. New items from every active area of research at Surrey—journal articles, published proceedings, book chapters, monographs—are being added every week.
We have seen over 1.3 million downloads of our research from over 200 countries. Open Access helps us reach new audiences worldwide and in doing so strengthens the recognition of our research, scholarship and staff achievements, and leads to higher citation rates of our publications.
There are now over 1,100 University of Surrey PhD theses available for immediate download from the British Library. These titles have been digitised on demand from researchers worldwide to access the excellent work our research graduates generate.
On the occasion of this year’s International Open Access week, I would like to highlight Surrey’s continuous commitment to open scholarly communication. In line with the rapid developments in publishing models, we will continue supporting our researchers in making the most informed and sustainable choices to maximise the visibility and impact of their research.

Professor Sir Christopher Snowden

We have spoken with Professor Susan Lanham-New from the Department of Nutrition and Metabolism, Dr Emanuala Todeva from Surrey Business School and Dr Adrian Coyle from the School of Psychology about the impact open access has had on their research, while Professor Jim Al-Khalili discusses open access in the context of science communication.

Susan Lanham-New
Open Access Week Interview with Professor Susan Lanham-New

Dr Emanuela Todeva
Open Access Week Interview with Dr Emanuela Todeva

Dr Adrian Coyle
Open Access Week Interview with Dr Adrian Coyle

Professor Jim Al-Khalili
Open Access Week Interview with Professor Jim Al-Khalili

Professor Michael Kearney
Open Access Week Interview with Professor Michael Kearney

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