Friday, 2 May 2008

Open Access

This responds to a question raised at a recent BURO training session about Open Access publications.

Open Access means broadly free at the point of use [1], wherever an end user has access to an Internet connection. Open Access can include many forms of publication but more commonly refers to material that fits accepted publication norms such as conference papers, journal articles, chapters in books or whole books. Here we are looking at journals articles specifically.

Open Access Journals are those that are free to the end user. The term 'free' requires some explanation. Something that publishers point out is that no scholarly publication is free. Costs accrue in refereeing, editing, preparing documents, writing articles and maintaining Internet access. In other words Open Access Journals apply a different business model. To perhaps over simplify there are two types of Open Access business model.

  1. those that recover costs by charging the author a fee - usually recovered from their host institution or funded as part of a research grant

  2. those that don't recover costs from authors but are subsidised or sponsored by institutions and organisations actively or passively through the provision of time equipment and so on

The Directory of Open Access Journals lists over 3340 titles.

A second route is to publish material in a pay for view journal, and with the publishers permission, self archive the article in an institutional or subject repository. Many publishers do allow this. The SherpaRoMEO website list publishers publishing policies. Dedicated search engines search institutional and subject repository content.

[1] Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) definition of Open Access

New online Independent Local Radio resource created by Bournemouth University

The Independent Local Radio Programme Sharing Database is the first of three projects to put programmes created by Independent Local Radio in Britain on the web. The project, lead by Professor Sean Street from The Media School's Institute for Media & Communication Research and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council [AHRC], makes 1000 hours of the best of Independent Local Radio available for staff, researchers and students. The database is one of a number of projects hosted by the British Universities Film and Video Council [BUFVC] on behalf of Bournemouth University.


TVTip - TV Times Schedules 1955 - 1985
More information about Bournemouth University's Independent Radio Projects

Monday, 28 April 2008

How full text is BURO?

One of the measures of the success of BURO is the number of records that have full text attached. Currently we estimate that 20% of the records on BURO have full text. The exact figures are:

  • BURO contains currently has 3328 records;

  • 2752 have no full text attached;

  • 368 have full text restricted to Registered Users (defined as Bournemouth University staff and researchers);

  • 208 have full text open to all users.

We aim to increase the full text content to 80% over time. If you want to add versions of items that have records in BURO please contact Matt Holland.

Sunday, 27 April 2008

Update on EndNote Web

We have added the Bournemouth University Harvard Style Harvardbu to EndNote Web. This allows you to output references from EndNote Web in well formed Bournemouth University Harvard. To use this output file:

  1. Log into EndNote Web EndNote Web

  2. Click the Format Tab

  3. Using the drop down menus select the references you want to format, choose the
    Harvardbu file as your Bibliographic Style and choose your File Format.

We have also added a Connection File to allow you to search the Bournemouth University Library Catalogue and save records into EndNote Web - this file is called BUTalisv2. To use this Connection File:

  1. Log into EndNote Web EndNote Web

  2. Click the Collect Tab

  3. The first time you connect to the Library Catalogue you must Customise your list of Connection Files. Click on the link and select Customize this list and add the BUTalisv2 file to your My favorites.