UKRI is reviewing its open access policies for peer-reviewed
research articles and academic books that result from research supported by
UKRI is seeking
views on its proposed open access policy and related considerations via a
consultation, which opens on 13 February 2020 and closes at noon
on 17 April 2020.
The UKRI Open Access Review will determine a single policy for research articles and long-form publications that acknowledge funding from UKRI and its constituent councils.
policy for peer-reviewed research articles
Under the proposed
policy, articles accepted for publication on or after 1 January 2022 should be
made “freely and immediately available online through a journal, open access
publishing platform or an institutional or subject repository”.
Routes for compliance are
Gold or Zero embargo green, as per Plan S.
For articles, CC BY
licenses must be applied to all research articles.
policy for Monographs, Book Chapters & Edited Collections
The UKRI policy goes
beyond Plan S in proposing an open access policy that applies to
monographs, book chapters and edited collections published on or after 1st
January 2024 (unless a contract has been signed before this date that prevents
adherence to the policy).
For monographs, book
chapters and edited collections the final version of record or post-peer-review
accepted manuscript must be free to view and download via an online publication
platform or institutional or subject repository within a maximum of a 12 month
Responses to this
consultation are invited from inside and outside the UK, from any organisation,
group or individual with an interest in research and innovation. Some technical
questions are specifically aimed at those involved in the publication process,
although everyone is welcome to respond. It is not necessary to respond to all
questions or sections.
How do I respond?
Responses must be
submitted using theonline response form. UKRI will only
consider responses received through this form by noon on 17 April 2020.
Library Services are delighted to announce the successful
completion of the McClay Library Phase 3 expansion project. Feedback received from the Library Services
Customer Satisfaction Survey in recent years revealed that you wanted more
study areas, PCs, group study rooms, and a larger student lounge. The McClay Library Phase 3 expansion project
was initiated in response to that feedback.
By expanding the Library’s footprint into the courtyard area on the
Ground Floor and adjacent David Bates building, Library Services have been able
to deliver the following in response your feedback:
Over 100 additional PCs and 9 new study rooms
(including both individual and group rooms) on the Ground Floor of the McClay.
A new silent study room on the Ground Floor with
Additional study seats and PCs on Floors 1 and
A new group study room on Floor 1.
The student lounge on the ground floor has been
doubled in size.
The building work was carried out between October 2018 and December 2019 and every effort was made to minimise disruption during that time. For example, particularly disruptive works were completed out of hours, or as early in the morning as possible. A series of regular posts on the Library blog and social media channels also provided updates on progress and any potential impact on services.
Thank you to everyone for your patience during the completion of the expansion. We hope you all enjoy the new spaces and facilities that the McClay Library has to offer!
As of March 2019, customers applying for Associate Membership of the
Library have been able to pay online using the Queen’s online payment
facility. Previously, all applicants had
to pay in-person at the McClay Library or over the phone after submitting an
online application. The move to online
payment resulted in a considerable change to the application process and was
one that the Associate Membership team were keen to receive customer feedback
As a result, a customer journey map exercise was carried out in October
2019 to gain an insight into a customer’s experience of applying for Associate
Membership. This provided an excellent opportunity
to review not only the new online payment option, but also the application
process itself. The exercise covered the
entire application process, from submitting an initial application through to
collecting their card in the McClay Library.
Overall, the feedback received was positive and complimentary of the
process. However, it was suggested that some
of the information provided during the application process needed further
clarification. To date, we have
implemented several changes in response to this feedback. These include:
Added additional information on the Associate Membership scheme– what it is and the application process – to the ‘Associate Membership’ webpage.
Clarified that Associate Membership is a renewable membership that is not limited to one-year, and that library staff will notify members when their membership is due for renewal.
Made it clearer on the application form that customers must present ID/proof of address and collect their cards from the McClay Library when completing their membership.
Edited the welcome letter new members receive when collecting their cards.
Included a new compliments slip with the welcome letter directing Personal Associate Members to the additional help and information available on the Associate Membership Subject Guide.
For further information on Associate Membership and how to apply, please
Library staff work towards service standards to make sure that we provide our customers with the best possible service:
Did you know that we acknowledge all written enquiries within 1 working day and provide an initial or full response within 3 working days?
Did you know that on average we serve our users within 3 seconds of arrival at a library service point (during staffed hours) and that phone calls are answered within 14 seconds?
Did you know that 98% of our customers find our library staff helpful and friendly and that 99% of our customers find library staff knowledgeable?
Did you know that 100% of our users who attend library training sessions rate the staff who deliver training as helpful, friendly and knowledgeable?
If you have any thoughts on our service performance – or on any other aspect of the library service – we would love to hear from you. Please use our feedback form to share your comments, enquiries or complaints.
The Library is pleased to announce that it has linked its journal subscriptions to the Read app from QxMD.
Read is a journal discovery and alerting app with a focus on
healthcare research. Read allows you to create alerts for different journals
and keywords, and to receive notifications when new journal articles are
Open access healthcare journals are available as standard via Read, but by linking Read to your QUB number and password you will also be able to connect seamlessly to the full text of papers in premium healthcare journals subscribed to by the Library at Queen’s.
Also, students and staff can choose to receive new issues every 2 months by email. To do this, please email Richard Fallis, Subject Librarian for Medicine, Dentistry & Biomedical Sciences: email@example.com. uk
The new year marks the start of the final 12 months of the Library’s RefWorks subscription.
At the end of December 2020, Queen’s users will no longer have access to Legacy RefWorks or ProQuest RefWorks, and the Library will no longer support the use of either of these tools.
In place of RefWorks, the Library has subscribed to EndNote. You are also welcome to use other tools such as Mendeley or Zotero, but please be aware that the Library’s capacity to support these tools is limited.
Ahead of the cancellation, you should transfer your RefWorks references to EndNote or another tool if you wish to continue using them.