Emerald removes embargoes across all journals

Emerald Publishing launches an initiative for Open Access – Emerald Reach – a program designed to deliver rigorous high-quality open access content and increase the contents visibility. With this launch, Emerald drops all embargoes on articles. This means authors are allowed parallel publish (also known as post-print publishing or self-archiving) their article, for example in DiVA, free of charge (so-called Green Open Access).

Effective from 27 September 2017, Emerald has removed embargoes across all journals, providing authors with the option to make their accepted manuscript openly available, free from payment and embargo periods.

Read more at Emerald Publishing’s webpage.

Text: Katharina Nordling

Think. Check. Submit.

Are you in the process of choosing a journal but unsure which to pick? Think.Check.Sumbit is a page that might help you. The first step of selecting a journal is to think about your options. Then you ask a number of question to the journal and when you have answered yes to all or most of the question you can submit your article to the journal. The question of where the articles are indexed is an important one. They should be indexed in a database relevant for your subject area because then your colleagues are able to access the articles you have written.

There are other questions to ask as well when controlling a journal. Your research funder might demand open access. In that case it is important to control how the funder wants the article to be openly accessible. Is it enough for it to be deposited in the publication database of the university (DiVA in our case)? Or does it have to be an open access journal? How quickly does the article need to be made available? What about impact? Does the journal claim to have impact? Is the impact factor provided by Web of Science or by someone else? You should know that the only valid impact factor is provided by Web of Science.

When you are uncertain contact us at the library, biblioteket(at)hb.se. We are here to help you.

Text: Pieta

Open Access Week 2016

This year’s Open Access Week takes place between October 24-30 and this years theme is “Open in action“. Several big actors is on the move and have started to invest resources to increase the number of articles published open access. One example is the Swedish Research Council, which is investing 8 million over two years to increase publication open access research.oaweek

Research data is another topic that is likely to be affected by the future research bill. Demands on data management plans has already started to come up as part of the funding application process and in the proposed guidelines from 2015, written by the Swedish Research Council we can read that: […] research data […] should be openly available […]
Or roughly translated in context:

The basic principle of the proposed national guidelines is that scientific publications, artistic works and research data as the basis for scientific publications resulting from publicly funded research should be openly available. In both cases, given the proposed timescales for implementation. Research Council proposes that Sweden should have a vision for 2025 and the guidelines apply until 2020. Within the framework of the mandate given recommendations on what needs to be further investigated. […]

We at the Library choose to align the Open Access Week activities towards making research data available. We start the week’s activities on Tuesday, October 25th with speakers from the Swedish National Data Service (SND). Elisabeth Strandhagen and Ilze Lac, they will talk about open access to research data, and good data management; the presentation is in Swedish. Next, we have a library breakfast and a workshop in data management  that is offered in two rounds (round 1 and round 2). During these workshops we go through SND’s data management template and discuss together with the participants how and if it is possible to customise the template to fit different data types. Remember to sign up for a library breakfast.

We are always available to respond any time of the year if you have questions regarding open access and research data.

Text: Thomas

Import to DiVA

There is an import function in DiVA. Using this function you can add most of the reference data connected to your publications without having to typing it manually.

Use the guide “How to use the import function in DiVA 2015-12-14“. If anything is unclear you can contact Thomas Nyström at the library and he will gladly show you how you can use the import function.


Text: Thomas