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Open Access & Institutional Repository: 3rd Open Research Symposium - Reflecting on the new Open

Open Research Symposium 2022

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3rd Open Research Symposium - Reflecting on the new open


This event was the 3rd in our Open Research Symposium series. The year's theme 'Reflecting on the new Open' considered the current open research environment as well making predictions as to how things might evolve.

This online event was held on 6 July 2022 via Teams to an internal and external audience of 75 participants. All presentations were recorded, and some of the questions and answers raised during the Panel are summarised below. 

The event comprised of three expert talks where contributors represented the plans for ambitious open access policy initiatives; shared Jisc’s approach to supporting 'transformative agreements'; and explored new approaches to sharing research findings and demonstrating what we value.



Dr Steven Vidovic, Head of Open Research and Publication Practice, Library, University of Southampton

Sally Rumsey, Jisc’s cOAlition S OA Expert

Helen Dobson, Jisc's Licencing portfolio specialist: research

Prof Ken Stein, Editor-in-Chief, NIHR Journals Library


Panel discussion

The panel event was chaired by Dr Steven Vidovic, and comprised:

Sally Rumsey, Jisc’s cOAlition S OA Expert

Helen Dobson, Jisc's Licencing portfolio specialist: research

Dottie Goble, Assistant Director, School of Healthcare Enterprise and Innovation, University of Southampton 

Helen Nolan, Senior Research Manager, School of Healthcare Enterprise and Innovation, University of Southampton

James Baker, Director of Digital Humanities, School of Humanities, University of Southampton


Questions and Answers

How can University of Southampton authors know which journals they should publish in? 

University of Southampton authors can use our journal search tool to check to see if their chosen journal is included in one of our 'transformative agreements' with no additional cost to the author.

The University of Southampton does not have a central fund for open access, but we do hold block grants for articles in fully open access journals acknowledging UKRIWellcome Trust or Cancer Research UK funding providing the cost is fair and reasonable - authors can apply to the block grant via our APC Application Form.

Some fully open access journals do not charge a fee to publish – these are listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).

For further advice, email

As an author at the University of Southampton, what are my rights regarding the Rights Retention Strategy if I don't have funding from a Plan S funder? 

You have the right to make a statement that you have applied a CC BY licence, and retain your rights to the accepted manuscript arising from a submission. A CC BY licence is irrevocable and therefore if a publisher accepts that submission, you can make the accepted manuscript available in a repository with a CC BY licence.

Some publishers insist on being a data repository and controlling access. Is this a cause for concern?

It's not necessarily a bad thing. If publishers are acting responsibly and assisting with the sharing of data then this could be considered helpful. Also, it's worth noting that not every university has the resources to manage a data repository. Who owns the repository is not the most important thing. Rather rights retention is crucial here: for as long as author rights are retained then it shouldn't matter where authors deposit their data, or code. 

What advice can you give to researchers whose main output is software? 

Collect as much information/data as you about the value of the software. These efforts can be considered as impact work for the REF. You can encourage researchers to credit your work by giving instructions as to how you would like your software to be cited: use Citation File Format. Authorship practices were also discussed and how software producers can be identified in publications. See the University Authorship, Contribution and Publishing Policy to learn more.

There is a lot of pressure to publish in high impact journals, will the world ever move away from that and what can we do without adversely affecting our career?

Change requires action from everyone. It is no good if researchers act alone, institutions need to do more. This includes implementing DORA more effectively through hiring practices and assessment exercises.