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Making our research more accessible

Paul Banks, Head of Library Planning talks to us about how LBS Research Online, our new Open Access institutional repository, will make our research more accessible

You’re here to tell us about Open Access - What is it all about?

Essentially, it’s a way of making our research outputs more widely read and cited. Traditionally articles are published in print journals and made available through priced databases. This limits access to research: price barriers keep articles locked away. As subscriptions become much more expensive and libraries are forced to cancel, access to research is further restricted.

Open Access (OA) is about making research more accessible; the internet enables articles to be made available online, free of charge and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.

And what does that mean for us at LBS?

For the School it means global visibility and maximum impact for our research. For our faculty it means improved citation counts and greater impact within the research community.  For our researchers it means easier access to research outputs at other institutions. It really is a win win for researchers, faculty and the School!

Sounds great!  But isn’t there a ‘compliance’ aspect too?

There is. Nearly all research grant-making bodies now have OA policies. Ensuring we comply with these makes our research accessible and gives us much greater access to public research funds. Also, the next REF exercise asks that any research outputs we submit, be made OA wherever possible. All UK HEIs are following this policy and if we do too, it will help us to maintain our world-leading 4* rating for research at the next REF exercise in 2020.

How do we make sure we are compliant?

By depositing our research outputs in LBS Research Online, our new Open Access institutional repository. Materials within the repository will be stored as the School’s research legacy and will include journal articles and conference proceedings.  Publishers frequently impose a delay before repositories can make manuscripts freely available and these embargoes are managed through the repository.

When will it be up and running?

The repository will be ready towards the end of March. From 1 April, Act on Acceptance comes into play; to be eligible for submission to the next REF, authors’ manuscripts must be deposited in LBS Research Online as soon after the date of acceptance for publication as possible.

Is there anything I need to do?

The Library will be managing the repository and there will be that new Act on Acceptance process for Faculty and subject areas – which you’ll hear more about in the coming weeks. You could share news of the repository with potential clients, donors and prospective students - who will soon be able to see some stunning world-class research for free!

Where can I go to find out more?

Take a look at our new website Open Access and the REF. There’s a video and Factsheet about OA, lots of FAQs and very our own OA Mythbuster tutorial!

There’s also information about the School’s new policy on Open Access - particularly important for Faculty and subject areas.

Find the link to OA under the Library’s drop-down menu when you next login to Portal or bookmark this URLhttp://london.libguides.com/OpenAccess

You can also contact us with any questions at openaccess@london.edu

So Open Access in a nutshell…?

Ouch that’s really tough! But here’s three take-aways:

  • Open Access is great for research and really beneficial for the School;
  • Our new repository LBS Research Online will be up and running in late March;
  • Act on Acceptance starts on 1 April.