RCUK Open Access Compliance

Northumbria University reported 83% compliance with the RCUK policy on Open Access for the year 2014-2015. The University Library compiles a report, using the Jisc APC template, showing all relevant publications resulting from RCUK funded projects. We show itemised expenditure on article processing charges from the RCUK block grant and our institutional Open Access fund, and details of articles where Open Access was achieved through deposit of the accepted manuscript to Northumbria Research Link. This report is now available on Figshare: https://dx.doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.2067909.v1

In addition to the article-level compliance data held in the Jisc spreadsheet, we also provide RCUK with a report detailing the University’s commitment to Open Access. This includes many aspects of our approach to Open Access that underpin our Pathfinder project, including the provision of an institutional fund for article processing charges to make up the shortfall in our RCUK block grant and to support our research strategy. The report is available in Northumbria Research Link: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/25712/

For comparison to the last reporting period, our report for 2013-2014 is also available on NRL: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/25714/

The following table (Table 2 Northumbria RCUK block grant 1st August 2014 – 31st July 2015, from the 2015 report to RCUK) summarises our expenditure on Open Access from the RCUK block grant from 2013-2015:


We reported a negative balance, which was predicted in the cost modelling used to support our bid for an institutional OA fund. The project team are currently drafting more detailed analysis of our compliance and expenditure, which will be either written up or linked to in future posts on this blog. In the meantime, any questions can be directly to me – ellen.s.cole@northumbria.ac.uk


About Ellen Cole

Scholarly Publications Librarian at Northumbria University.
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