OpenAIR@RGU – monthly update (no.31 – July 2019)

Welcome to the thirty-first monthly update on OpenAIR@RGU – RGU’s open access institutional repository. Please direct any queries to the team at   

Service Updates

The Publications Team have finished migrating our internal records to the Worktribe research information system and are now focusing on tidying these before we begin rolling out training for researchers on how to use the new system. Meanwhile, we are continuing to work on migrating our repository records to Worktribe as well. We apologise for any inconvenience caused during this transition period and we will continue to keep you updated of our progress. If you have any questions, please contact the Publications Team.


The repository currently contains 3,465 links between Schools and outputs (some records are linked to multiple Schools and therefore included in this figure more than once). Some examples of recent additions to the repository include the following outputs:

  • = SEDDIKI, M. and BENNADJI, A. 2018. Barrières à l’utilisation des méthodes d’aide à la décision murltcirétres dans le secteur de la construction en Algérie. Presented at the Colloque international sur les villes intelligentes (CIVIC 2018), 6-8 November 2018, Constantine, Algeria. Constantine: Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning, University Salah Boubnider [online]. Available from:   

Each School currently has the following number of records on OpenAIR:


This month, there have been a total of 13,064 downloads from OpenAIR. The most downloaded items include:

The most downloaded theses this month include:

  • = CONNON, N.G. 2007. Factors impacting on technology acceptance for the micro/SME electronics retailer. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis. (212 downloads)
  • = ROBERTSON, D.M. 2012. Critical thinking and clinical reasoning in new graduate occupational therapists: a phenomenological study. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis. (211 downloads)
  • = CLEVERLEY, P.H. 2017. Re-examining and re-conceptualising enterprise search and discovery capability: towards a model for the factors and generative mechanisms for search task outcomes. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis. (200 downloads)

The above data were correct at the time of writing (30.07.2019).


Plan S

Plan S is an initiative for Open Access publishing that was launched in September 2018. The plan is supported by cOAlition S, an international consortium of research funders. Plan S requires that, from 2021, scientific publications that result from research funded by public grants must be published in compliant Open Access journals or platforms. Read more from cOALition S.

While the Open Access and Open Science debate is largely a settled one, reactions from the research community and publishers to Plan S have been mixed. This is a short bibliography of articles from academic journals from 2019, most of which are accessible, offering contemporary commentary, explanations and interpretations of Plan S. Follow the links to article content.

Brainard, Jeffrey. 2019a. “Facing Plan S, Publishers May Set Papers Free.” Science 364(6441):620–620.

Brainard, Jeffrey. 2019b. “Scientific Societies Worry about Threat from Plan S.” Science 363(6425):332–33.

Dal‐Ré, Rafael. 2019. “Plan S: Funders Are Committed to Open Access to Scientific Publication.” European Journal of Clinical Investigation 49(6):e13100.

von Eckardstein, Arnold. 2019. “Implications of Europe’s Plan S for Atherosclerosis.” Atherosclerosis 280:202–3.

Eddy, Tyler D. 2019. “Plan S: Motivations of for-Profit Publishers” edited by J. Sills. Science 363(6426):462.2-462.

Granshaw, Stuart I. 2019. “Open Data, the Fourth Paradigm and Plan S.” The Photogrammetric Record 34(165):6–10.

Green, Toby. 2019. “Is Open Access Affordable? Why Current Models Do Not Work and Why We Need Internet-Era Transformation of Scholarly Communications.” Learned Publishing 32(1):13–25.

Guzik, Tomasz J. and Amrita Ahluwalia. 2019. “Plan S: In Service or Disservice to Society?” European Heart Journal 40(12):949–52.

Guzik, Tomasz J. and Amrita Ahluwalia. 2019. “Plan S: In Service or Disservice to Society?” British Journal of Pharmacology 176(6):753–56.

Haug, Charlotte J. 2019. “No Free Lunch — What Price Plan S for Scientific Publishing?” edited by D. Malina. New England Journal of Medicine 380(12):1181–85.

Hawkes, Nigel. 2019. “Open Access Publishing under Plan S to Start in 2021.” BMJ l2382.

Herwald, Heiko. 2019. “Plan S Und Der Tellerrand.” Nachrichten Aus Der Chemie 67(4):3–3.

Jackson, Sarah. 2019. “Free Access to Scientific Publications: Contrasting the JCI Approach to Plan S.” Journal of Clinical Investigation 129(2):440–41.

Johnson, Rob. 2019. “From Coalition to Commons: Plan S and the Future of Scholarly Communication.” Insights the UKSG Journal 32.

Khoo, Shaun Yon-Seng. 2019. “Article Processing Charge Hyperinflation and Price Insensitivity: An Open Access Sequel to the Serials Crisis.” LIBER Quarterly 29(1):1.

Kiley, Robert. 2019. “Plan S: The Final Cut—response from COAlition S.” The Lancet 394(10192):28.

Kowaltowski, Alicia J. and Marcus F. Oliveira. 2019. “Plan S: Unrealistic Capped Fee Structure” edited by J. Sills. Science 363(6426):461.1-461.

Laccourreye, O. and H. Maisonneuve. 2019. “Plan S!” European Annals of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Diseases. In Press 26 April 2019.

Machovec, George. 2019. “Publish and Read Mandates May Change the Future of Journal Publishing.” Journal of Library Administration 59(3):325–33.

Mann, Douglas L. 2019. “What Are the Off-Target Effects of Plan ‘S’ For Translational Investigators?” JACC: Basic to Translational Science 4(1):132–33.

Martínez-Galindo, Francisco Jesús, Francisco Rubio, Javier Hernández-San-Miguel, and Sergio Fernández Burguete. 2019. “Plan S: Challenges and Opportunities in Spain.” Insights the UKSG Journal 32.

McNutt, Marcia. 2019a. “Opinion: ‘Plan S’ Falls Short for Society Publishers—and for the Researchers They Serve.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 116(7):2400–2403.

McNutt, Marcia. 2019b. “Reply to Kiley and Smits: Meeting Plan S’s Goal of Maximizing Access to Research.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 116(13):5861–5861.

Mills, Michael. 2019. “Plan S – What Is Its Meaning for Open Access Journals and for the JACMP ?” Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics 20(3):4–6.

Purton, Mary, Francesco Michelangeli, and László Fésüs. 2019. “Will Plan S Put Learned Societies in Jeopardy?” FEBS Letters 593(4):383–85.

Rabesandratana, Tania. 2019. “Radical Open-Access Plan Is Delayed a Year.” Science 364(6444):919–919.

Sayre, Steve and Steven Ottogalli. 2019. “Plan S: What Does It Mean for Authors and Researchers?” Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 17(5):247–247.

Shrier, Ian and Christopher Schmid. 2019. “Plan S: Overlooked Hybrid Journal Model” edited by J. Sills. Science 363(6426):461.2-462.

Spedding, Michael, James Barrett, Edward T. Morgan, Mary Vore, Dominic Geraghty, Carl Kirkpatrick, and Ingolf Cascorbi. 2019. “Plan S: A Threat to Quality of Science?” edited by J. Sills. Science 363(6426):462.1-462.

Tennant, Jonathan P. and Dean R. Lomax. 2019. “An Overview of Open Access Publishing in Palaeontology.” Palaeontologia Electronica 22(2).

The Lancet Group. 2019. “Plan S: The Final Cut.” The Lancet 393(10188):2276.

Tofield, Andros. 2019. “The COALition S and Plan S: Explained.” European Heart Journal 40(12):952–53.

Walton, D. W. H. 2019. “Scientific Publishing and Plan S.” Antarctic Science 31(1):1–1.

Watson, Roger and Mark Hayter. 2019. “Time to Plan for Plan S.” Nursing Open 6(2):206–7.

Research Integrity Workshop

Vitae in partnership with UKRIO have been commissioned by Research England, on behalf of UKRI to undertake a study about research integrity.

This project (a landscape study) will consider

  • the effects of incentives in the research system on researcher behaviour in the context of research integrity,
  • how these incentives are perceived by different stakeholders, and
  • the impact of these incentives on researcher behaviour and organisational practices more broadly.

Stage 1 of the project includes two workshops: King’s College London on 18th July (pm); and University of Manchester on August 9th (pm) and aimed at researchers across all career stages, disciplines and types of institution. The workshops are an important opportunity to inform the design of a large-scale researcher survey in the autumn and the ongoing literature review.

More project and event information, as well as a registration form can be found at:

Update on the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers

Following the publication of the consultation report on the recommendations of the Independent Review of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, Vitae has produced a handy set of summary slides

The slides provide a bitesize summary of the consultation outcomes, including next steps, for researchers and those supporting them at RGU, to keep up to date with progress around the revision of the Concordat. Click on the images to enlarge or view the slideshow.