By Lisa Haddow, Research & Scholarly Communications Team Manager

The Research and Scholarly Communications team will provide a tailored support service to the research community, in order to support the University’s ambitions to grow research income and activity. We came into existence on 1 August 2016.  The team brings together existing experts and resources (including the University Archives, repositories, research data management, APCs, etc.), enabling dedicated support and liaison activity which serves the research community.

Our top priorities for the coming year include working with REO on the new RMS system, adopting the UK Scholarly Communications Licence (UK-SCL), increasing ORCID uptake amongst researchers working on the Digital Research Strategy and working on the University’s 50th Anniversary.


rsc-open-accessMany librarians, repository managers and research officers have recognised that open access is a complex and complicated area for many researchers to get their heads around.  So Chris Banks the University Librarian, Imperial College and Dr Torsten Reimer, formerly of Imperial College but now at the British Library, suggested creating the UK-SCL to other librarians and interested stakeholders.  The UK-SCL is based on the Harvard model, which is used by over 60 institutions worldwide but as UK law is different the UK required a different licence.  The UK-SCL applies to all scholarly articles and conference proceedings, but not monographs. It is seen as an interim solution until sustainable OA publishing options emerge. We hope that it will reduce the complexity of multiple funder and publisher policies into a single action. HEFCE has confirmed the UK-SC policy more than meets the deposit requirements for the post- 2014 REF.

Authors can

  • Still publish in the journal of their choice
  • Request a waiver to delay the release of the work up to two years if publisher insists
    • At Harvard this happens around 5% of the time
    • Harvard are also unaware of a single publisher refusing to publish an article

Authors need to

  • Grant the University a non-exclusive licence to make the manuscript publicly available under a CC-BY-NC licence. This is a change to our Intellectual Property policy, no individual action is required
  • Inform all co-authors who are not in an institution with the licence – template text will be available
  • Submit your Author Accepted Manuscript to our RMS not longer than 90 days after acceptance

Institutions will

  • Make the metadata publicly available on deposit – via RMS and STORRE
  • Make the AAM publicly accessible on date of first publication under CC-BY-NC licence – via STORRE

The benefits to authors of the UK-SCL are

  • Freedom to reuse works as they wish
  • Allows timely communication of findings of research (increasing impact)
  • Supports requirements for meeting OA

The benefits to institutions are

  • Complexity of compliance with multiple OA policies is streamlined through a single action
  • Reduction in OA support staff in reviewing deposits to the repository
  • More money will be spent on “gold open access” rather than hybrid OA

Our plans at Stirling are to update affected policies and raise awareness of researchers so they know what they have to do.

I hope you agree that this is a huge step forward to streamlining the Open Access landscape!


ORCID is an open, non-profit organisation, sustained and run by its members – research rsc-orcidorganisations.  It provides persistent, unique digital identifiers to connect researchers and other research contributors to their affiliations, outputs, awards and achievements.  Through integration of ORCID identifiers in research workflows such as manuscript submission and grant application, automated linkages can be made between researchers and their professional activities to ensure that their work is correctly attributed and recognised.  These linkages will, in time, ease and reduce routine tasks such as reporting, preparing profiles for grant applications and correctly identifying and describing collaborators and job applicants.   ORCID will also allow institutions to assert and approve affiliations and allow grant awarding bodies to assert and approve award recipients, making it much easier to check authenticity against authoritative sources and accurately assess career trajectories. At 1st September 2016, ORCID had issued over 2.5 million identifiers to individual researchers, linked to over 15 million works.  ORCID IDs appear in many other systems:

  • over 5 million records with associated ORCID IDs in Web of Science;
  • over 2 million articles with associated ORCID IDs in EuropePMC;
  • over 3 million records with associated ORCID IDs in ElsevierConnect.
  • The Royal Society requires ORCID (from January 2016)
  • The Wellcome Trust has a mandate for ORCID
  • HESA include ORCIDs in student and staff records
  • RCUK encourage researchers to use their ORCID ID in J-es
  • Major publishers have committed to requiring ORCID IDs in the publishing process
Benefits of ORCID … to the researcher:
  • It connects with contributions, data and affiliations, allowing those connections to flow into profiling, CV and other systems;
  • It reduces and prevents mistaken identity;
  • It has the potential to save considerable time – “enter once re-use often”;
  • It improves recognition and discoverability for the person and their contributions;
  • It provides a lifelong, portable digital name;
  • The record is owned and controlled by the researcher, who can manage what information is connected and how it is shared;
  • It will enable compliance with organisations that require ORCID IDs;
  • It is free to register and to use for the researcher;
  • It can be part of making your research more accessible to other researchers, research users and research commissioners

If you don’t have one already please register and then record it within your RMS record.  If you need help adding your publications to your ORCID profile, please contact me