30 March 2012

Wellcome Trust suggests institutional responsibility for open access compliance

Times Higher Education has reported that the Wellcome Trust may require institutions to take more responsibility for ensuring that publications associated with a Wellcome-funded grant are made open access. This may go as far as holding back final installments, or restricting future grants, if research outputs are not openly accessible.

The Wellcome Trust’s grant condition 6(iii) states “All research papers that have been accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal, and are supported in whole or in part by the Grant, must be made available from UK PubMed Central (UKPMC) as soon as possible, and in any event within six months of publication, in line with the Trust’s Open Access policy: http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/About-us/Policy/Policy-and-position-statements/WTD002766.htm

The tougher message from the Wellcome Trust coincides with a new draft open access policy from RCUK, with stronger requirements including reduced embargo periods. See the announcement from the Enabling Open Scholarship organisation.

Information about complying with the Wellcome Trust policy for St Andrews author is available on our Library web pages

More on research funders' open access policies

15 March 2012

New journal hosting service for St Andrews

The University of St Andrews Library has just launched a new service to support academic staff and students at the University wishing to run their own online journal. The journal hosting service uses OJS (Open Journal Systems) to support the publishing process. OJS provides extensive functionality to help with editorial workflows and is an excellent platform for long-term online access to journal content.

The service is run by our Repository team and complements the opportunities for scholarly communication and open access offered by the Research@StAndrews:FullText platform.

Following a pilot phase, we are delighted that 3 journals are now live on our OJS platform.

Ethnographic Encounters is a platform for the work of the University of St Andrews undergraduate Social Anthropology students. The brand new e-journal presents a valuable resource for future students to draw on the experience and insights of their predecessors, and offers a means for Social Anthropology students throughout the world to engage with their peers in St Andrews.


Journal of Terrorism Research, published by the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence began in 2010 and has been relaunched using OJS. The aim of this Journal is to provide a space for academics and counter-terrorism professionals to publish work focused on the study of terrorism.


Theology in Scotland has existed in print since 1994, and for the first time is making back issues available through the journal hosting service. The journal  publishes articles and book reviews from authors from across the theological spectrum, and particularly welcomes submissions which focus on aspects of Scottish theology. To date, these have included: studies of the work of prominent Scottish theologians; responses to current issues in the Scottish church and nation; and aspects of Scottish church history.

These journals show the flexibility of the service which allows some or all of the content to be made available open access, supporting existing publications or providing opportunities for new projects.

For more information, see our Library web pages or email journal-hosting@st-andrews.ac.uk