Gold Open Access Publisher Deals for RGU Academics

Did you know that RGU have several deals with publishers to reduce the cost of Article Processing Charges (APC) for Gold Open Access?

Below are a few particularly good ones, for the full list see the RGU Lib Guide here:

It is free for authors to publish under Gold Open Access in any journal that offers Springer Open Choice, though this is first-come-first-serve, as there is a national limit on the number of articles Springer will consider. Once an article has been accepted for publication, corresponding authors can ask Springer to make it Open Access; Springer will contact the Library to confirm the author’s affiliation with RGU. If the author is not the corresponding author, then they can contact the Library directly and we will pursue the Open Access option for them. A complete list of journals offering Springer Open Choice is available here:

Royal Society of Chemistry
We have four vouchers to use by the end of December 2016. Each voucher equates to the publication of one article under Gold Open Access, and can be obtained by contacting the Library at All journals published by RSC offer the ability to use these vouchers. Additionally, the publisher’s flagship title “Chemical Science” is completely free to publish in until the end of 2018. A list of this publisher’s journals is available here:

We have an agreement that all APCs paid to SAGE are capped at £200 per article, though researchers will need to pay this from their grant or own resources. Most journals published by SAGE offer the choice of Gold Open Access (a short list of those that do not is available from the publisher’s website) and some of them are built around mandatory Gold Open Access (a list of these is available from: A complete list of the publisher’s journals is available here:



10 Lessons from Research Proposals : Fast Tract Impact

An analysis identifying the elements that pathways to winning impact case studies have in common, from a wide range of disciplinary areas, and some suggestions that complement official guidance on writing ‘pathways to impact’ to help develop a pathway to significant and far-reaching impacts.  Find out more




Ensuring integrity and rigour in UK research: best practice, open data and the impact of the REF

Westminster HE Forum

Westminster Higher Education Forum are hosting this seminar in central London on 7 July 2016 where Dr Steven Hill, Head of Research Policy at HEFCE will be the keynote speaker.

Delegates at this seminar will consider strategies for protecting integrity and rigour of UK research – and supporting the quality of the UK research base. It takes place with these issues an increasing priority for policymakers, higher education institutions and the wider research sector – in anticipation of Lord Stern’s review into university research funding, which is considering approaches to the evaluation of UK higher education research performance and options for future iterations of the Research Excellence Framework (REF).

It also comes with ongoing discussion about the effects of increasing competition and the growing use of metrics on research practice in higher education institutions.

Overall, areas for discussion include:

  • Competition and rigour – examining the tensions between an increasingly competitive research environment and improving the rigour of research processes within universities;
  • Research environment – the impact of including assessment of an institution’s research environment within the REF’s metrics and next steps for addressing the findings;
  • Ensuring best practice – strategies for combating issues such as plagiarism and the misleading representation of results;
  • Self-regulation – the impact of the Concordat to Support Research Integrity – introduced in 2012 – and the potential for further implementation;
  • Research funding – options for addressing concerns around the integrity of corporate sponsored research;
  • Ethics – supporting ethical research practices and the role of university ethics boards; and
  • Open data – opportunities, expansion and options for improving the reproducibility of research findings.

See the latest agenda and book a place here.

Funding Opportunity: Data Impact Fellowships

UKDSApply to be one of our new Data Impact Fellows

Are you a post-doctoral researcher or PhD researcher based in a UK university? Do you use UK Data Service data in your research with a focus on impact? If so we are offering you the opportunity to be awarded one of five Impact Fellowships.

UKDAFive awards are offered to the value of £2,000 per Fellow and the programme will run over 2 years from July 2016, from which Fellows can draw on a receipt for cost basis to cover impactful public engagement activities such as: holding focus groups, international conference costs or the cost of an article processing charge for a publication.

As a UK Data Service Impact Fellow we’ll help you promote your research through blogging, becoming a data citation practitioner, developing impact case studies and enhancing your profile.

Funded by the ESRC, the programme aims to provide career development opportunities for scholars at a relatively early stage of their academic careers with a proven record of research. Apply here, we look forward to hearing from you.

Resources Impact Fellows #dataimpactfellows2016

ORCID uptake – Fantastic

orchid logoWe are more than delighted to report that 98% of research students in Faculty of Design and Tech and Faculty of Health and Social Care are signed up!

100% records go to the School of Engineering, Scott Sutherland,  School of Applied Social Science and School of Health Science.

As it becomes clearer that ORCID will be the most likely route for the next REF this will stand us in good stead for the future.

HEFCE Blog – Can you prove the impact of your research?

HEFCE blog

Elizabeth Garcha from the University of Sheffield writes today on the HEFCE Blog about evidence for impact case studies, addressing key questions such as what to collect and when to collect it, each linked to the question of who owns the benefit or change that is a consequence of the research. Read Elizabeth’s post here.

Ensuring your research makes an impact – 10 tips from Taylor & Francis

Taylor & Francis

Taylor & Francis, one of the main academic publishing houses with whom several RGU colleagues past and present are working, publish a helpful author services website. Among the advice there is a piece about ensuring your research makes an impact that lists ten tips to maximize the impact of your research.

Taylor & Francis are also working with Kudos, testing the service on 635 of their journal titles. You can also register with Kudos for free with other RGU researchers by following this link.

SelfBACK – A Decision Support System to Improve Self-management of Non-specific Low Back Pain


SelfBACK ( will see researchers and organisations from around Europe work to develop a decision support system for those suffering from low back pain as part of the €4.9m Horizon 2020 EU funded project. RGU’s input, which will involve researchers from across two faculties, will see Dr Nirmalie Wiratunga and Dr Stewart Massie from the School of Computing Science and Digital Media and  Dr Kay Cooper from the School of Health Sciences working with colleagues at Norwegian University NTNU and the SME Kiolis in the first three years of the project to develop the monitoring technology. This technology will recognise specific activities in real-time, establish user activity behaviour, compare actual and expected behaviour and generate intervention prompts on detection of behaviour deviations.

SelfBack is coordinated by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). The other organisations involved in the project include the University of Glasgow; French software company Kiolis; the National Research Centre for the Working Environment (NRCWE) in Denmark; Dutch company Health Leads; and the University of Southern Denmark. SelfBack also has an international team of prestigious scientist as part of its advisory board to provide advice on scientific, ethical and technological questions, user perspective, business planning and exploitation.

Non-specific lower back pain, which is cited as the most significant contributor to disability in Europe, is the fourth most common diagnosis seen in primary care. Self-management, which includes physical activity and strength and stretching exercises, constitutes the core component in the management of non-specific low back pain. Some patients find self-management of a condition such as low back pain quite challenging due to a lack of feedback and reinforcement about the decisions they are making. What the research partners are aiming to do in this project is develop a system which will provide them with the reassurance they need to manage their condition after consulting a health care professional.