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1 UCL LIBRARY SERVICES UNICA Scholarly Communications Group Dr Paul Ayris Director of UCL Library Services and UCL Copyright Officer

2 UCL LIBRARY SERVICES Content  Scholarly Communications – What is it?  What is UNICA doing?  Why is the issue important?  What can UNICA do next?

3 UCL LIBRARY SERVICES Content  Scholarly Communications – What is it?  What is UNICA doing?  Why is the issue important?  What can UNICA do next?

4 UCL LIBRARY SERVICES What is it?  Scholarly Communication is the:  Authoring, publishing, dissemination, and reading of information produced for teaching, learning or research in whatever format  with the tools, measures and systems needed to provide access to and store these materials in perpetuity

5 UCL LIBRARY SERVICES Content  Scholarly Communications – What is it?  What is UNICA doing?  Why is the issue important?  What can UNICA do next?

6 UCL LIBRARY SERVICES What is UNICA doing?  UNICA has established  A Scholarly Communications Group  Conferences for UNICA members every 2 years   Madrid (2002), Vienna (2004), Helsinki (2006), Prague (2008)  50+ people attended the Helsinki Conference  Responded to the EU-funded study on the future of Scholarly Publishing  society/document_library/pdf_06/synthesis-consultation_en.pdf society/document_library/pdf_06/synthesis-consultation_en.pdf

7 UCL LIBRARY SERVICES Content  Scholarly Communications – What is it?  What is UNICA doing?  Why is the issue important?  What can UNICA do next?

8 UCL LIBRARY SERVICES Why is the issue important?  Traditional publishing models are a challenge for UNICA’s universities  Subscription business models are a barrier to use  If a University Library cannot afford a subscription, then its researchers cannot access that information  Library budgets have long since failed to keep pace with the increasing cost of journal publishing

9 UCL LIBRARY SERVICES Access to the literature - Two case studies UCL’s published research outputs % available to Nottingham researchers = ? Less than 60% National Health Service: 90% of its funded research is available online One NHS Hospital could access what % of NHS-funded research? 40% ‘How accessible is NHS-funded research to the general public and to the NHS's own researchers?’ M Cockerill, 2004,

10 UCL LIBRARY SERVICES Open Access  EU-funded study on scholarly publishing  Recommended that publicly-funded research should be publicly available shortly after publication  Open Access movement supports this recommendation  Two routes to Open Access publication/dissemination  Open Access Journals  Open Access Repositories  European universities are establishing Open Access repositories  Gives universities and their research greater visibility

11 UCL LIBRARY SERVICES Content  Scholarly Communications – What is it?  What is UNICA doing?  Why is the issue important?  What can UNICA do next?

12 UCL LIBRARY SERVICES Next steps for UNICA  UNICA should encourage the creation of Institutional Repositories in each member University  To create a showcase for UNICA’s research outputs  UNICA should sign the Berlin Declaration, supporting Open Access   UNICA should fund Case Studies on access issues to research outputs across UNICA member universities  Replicating and enlarging on the Case Studies presented today

13 UCL LIBRARY SERVICES And finally…  If you have been, thanks for listening  Happy to answer questions and hear comments


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