Happy Open Access Week!

This week CardiffUP is celebrating all things Open Access.  International Open Access Week is an annual event, bringing together organisations and individuals from over 100 countries.  The 2020 event started on Monday 19th October and will continue until Sunday 25th October.

We celebrated last year’s event with the launch of our Monograph Publishing Programme.  The first two Open Access monographs to be published as part of the programme were prominently featured on the day – exactly one year ago this Friday, 23rd October.  So it seems timely for us to provide an update of what’s been happening with the programme since then. 

The first two monographs were Deconstructing Martial Arts by Paul Bowman and Like Any Other Woman: the Lived Experience of Gynaecological Cancer by Jac Saorsa with Rebecca Phillips. They’ve been downloaded from our website more than 1,880 times altogether.  Like all Open Access publications, they’re freely available online to read and download – just follow the links.

In May 2020, we published our first volume of conference proceedings, Human Computer Interaction and Emerging Technologies: Adjunct Proceedings from the INTERACT 2019 Workshops.  This is an output of the 17th IFIP TC13 International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, organised by the International Federation for Information Processing Technical Committee on Human-Computer Interaction (IFIP TC13).  It contains nearly 50 papers by authors from all over the world, and has been compiled by an international team of co-editors.  This geographical diversity is a characteristic of the INTERACT conferences as a whole: in the words of the co-editors, “With an emphasis on inclusiveness, these conferences work to lower the barriers that prevent people in developing countries from participating in conferences. As a multidisciplinary field, HCI requires interaction and discussion among diverse people with different interests and backgrounds.” In less than six months, the complete volume has been downloaded over 800 times from our website, and single papers have been downloaded almost 750 times in total.

The next CardiffUP monograph is due to be published at the end of November 2020. Reporting on Poverty: News Media Narratives and Third Sector Communications in Wales and Adrodd ar Dlodi: Naratif y Cyfryngau Newyddion a Chyfathrebiadau’r Trydydd Sector yng Nghymru will be simultaneously published as English and Welsh language editions of the same text. Our first monograph for 2021 is Educators of Healthcare Professionals: Agreeing a Shared Purpose, which has been written by a team of Cardiff University and external authors.  We’re expecting several new monograph submissions during the next few months, so we anticipate that 2021 will be a busy year for our Monograph Publishing Programme.

(Cross-posted on our sister blog, Cardiff Open Access)

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Sharing knowledge to fight the virus: part 2

This is our second blog post highlighting freely accessible resources related to COVID-19.  If you’ve missed the first one, you can access it here.  As before, the links will direct you to authoritative publications, written by experts and available for anyone with an internet connection to read or download.  Please share the resources as widely as possible.

This time we’re featuring some of the online collections put together by database suppliers and large academic publishers (listed alphabetically), including some resources that have recently been made freely available for the first time.

Cambridge University Press: Coronavirus Free Access Collection
https://tinyurl.com/wk83x7o
Free access to a growing collection of COVID-19 related research for a limited period (until end of May 2020). Articles in the collection are from journals and Research Review series.

EBSCO: free/expanded-access resources and clinical information on COVID-19
https://www.ebsco.com/covid-19-resources#sect1
https://www.ebsco.com/covid-19-resources#sect2

Website aimed at academic library services,  offering links to a variety of relevant resources.  Some are free to access for a limited period (until end of May or end of June 2020).

Elsevier:
COVID-19 Healthcare Hub
https://covid-19.elsevier.health/

Free access to Elsevier’s relevant evidence-based tools and resources.  Also a series of Expert Insights podcasts, presented by front-line clinicians and providers, and clinical guidelines from health authorities worldwide about diagnosis and treatment.
Novel Coronavirus Information Center
https://www.elsevier.com/connect/coronavirus-information-center

Free health and medical research on the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and COVID-19.  Divided into sections: Clinical Information, Chinese Language Resources, Research/Drug Discovery, Public Health and Patient Resources.  Includes a link to Elsevier’s full directory of COVID-19 resources.

Emerald: Coronavirus, the management of epidemics and the wider impact on society
https://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/promo/coronavirus.htm
Includes relevant Expert Briefings, journal articles and book chapters, free to access until at least the end of the year.  Emerald has “made research on COVID-19 and the management of epidemics and pandemics free for anyone to access and…also made this available with full text and data mining rights to PubMed Central and the World Health Organization repository”. 

Oxford University Press
https://academic.oup.com/journals/pages/coronavirus
https://global.oup.com/about/covid19?cc=gb

Free access to research resources on COVID-19, including journal articles and latest updates on human trials of a possible vaccine developed by Oxford University scientists.

Sage Publishing:
https://journals.sagepub.com/coronavirus
Free medical, social and behavioural science journal articles related to COVID-19.

Springer Nature: SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19
https://www.springernature.com/gp/researchers/campaigns/coronavirus
Freely accessible papers on COVID-19 from Springer Nature journals, along with additional commentaries and relevant books.

https://tinyurl.com/u53h95p
Free research data support service for Springer Nature authors with data relevant to the pandemic.
https://www.nature.com/briefing/signup/
Free daily newsletter, Nature Briefing, including a selection of the latest updates on coronavirus.

Taylor & Francis: COVID-19 microsite
https://taylorandfrancis.com/coronavirus/
Free access to T&F’s journal and book resources on COVID-19.

Wiley: COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak resources
https://novel-coronavirus.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/
Journal articles:
https://tinyurl.com/sd68xat
Book chapters:  
https://tinyurl.com/wddn9me
Freely accessible resources on COVID-19 – most are made available within 24 hours of publication.

More comprehensive lists of publishers with COVID-19 resource collections, including smaller presses, are available via:

International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC):
https://tinyurl.com/tp57d2d

Jisc:
https://subscriptionsmanager.jisc.ac.uk/about/resources-for-coronavirus-crisis
https://tinyurl.com/y7f5muuj

Wellcome Trust:
https://tinyurl.com/tc8j3up

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Cardiff University Press’ review of 2019

Happy New Year everyone!

2019 has been an important year for CardiffUP, with several milestones reached and lots to celebrate.  Here are some highlights of our last twelve months:

  • In January we welcomed a new Student Representative onto our Editorial Board – Laura Sinclair, a PhD student from the School of Journalism, Media and Culture. By the end of the year Laura had also become the Student Representative on our Monograph Commissioning Panel.
  • In March the journal SHARE: Studies in History, Archaeology, Religion and Conservation was officially relaunched after a temporary halt in publication.
  • In May we accepted a research report for publication, Reporting on Poverty by Kerry Moore, which is due to be published in spring 2020; and we approved an application for publication from the established and well-respected journal New Readings, which is about to publish its first CardiffUP issue. Also during May, the Editorial Board formally decided to renew our Partner Press Agreement with Ubiquity Press for two more years.
  • In June, we accepted another book for publication – Like Any Other Woman by Jac Saorsa with Rebecca Phillips. Later in the month we were delighted to announce the online publication of our very first monograph Deconstructing Martial Arts by Paul Bowman, with the paperback version following in early July.
  • Also in July, we accepted another established and well-regarded journal for publication – Assuming Gender. At the end of the month we officially launched the CardiffUP Monograph Awards funding scheme, which provides selected Cardiff University authors and editors with financial support to publish monographs with us.
  • In September, our oldest journal Welsh Economic Review became the first CardiffUP title to be accepted for inclusion in the prestigious online Directory of Open Access Journals, which should greatly increase its visibility to the global research community.
  • In October, one of our Monograph Commissioning Panel members joined our Editorial Board too – Julie Browne from the School of Medicine. One week later, having progressed rapidly through its editing and production stages, our second monograph Like Any Other Woman was published.  This was very timely for the official launch event of our Monograph Publishing Scheme, held in International Open Access Week.  At the event, we and our invited guests celebrated the publication of our first two books, listened to speeches and enjoyed some great conversations along with our buffet lunch.
  • In November, Hélène de Ribaupierre from the School of Computer Science and Informatics joined our Editorial Board, becoming the first Board member from the University’s College of Physical Sciences and Engineering.
  • In December, our Editorial Board and Monograph Commissioning Panel met together for the first time to discuss a five-year plan for CardiffUP – we already have plenty of ideas for the future.

In 2020 we look forward to publishing more monographs and journal issues, and to contributing to Cardiff University’s Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 submissions where we intend to have some of our publications featured.  It looks like we’ll be having another busy year!

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Celebrating Open Access Week 2019 with CardiffUP’s second book

Just in time for International Open Access Week 2019, Cardiff University Press is delighted to announce the publication of the second book in its new Monograph Publishing Programme.

As with all CardiffUP publications, Like Any Other Woman: The Lived Experience Of Gynaecological Cancer is fully Open Access. Written by Cardiff University’s Dr Jac Saorsa with contributions from Rebecca Phillips, the book provides the reader with a powerful and thought-provoking insight into the physical and emotional experiences of women with cancer. You can download it for free to your desktop or to any mobile device, including smartphones and Kindles. Print-on-demand paperback copies are also available to order from the same web address.

Along with our first published book, Deconstructing Martial Arts by Prof Paul Bowman, Like Any Other Woman is being featured at the official launch event of our Monograph Publishing Programme, which takes place at Cardiff University on Wednesday 23rd October. This is the main event in our celebration of Open Access Week 2019. We’re hoping to Tweet some photos from it afterwards, so look out for those.

What’s coming next in the Monograph Publishing Programme? Well, in the next few months we’ll be publishing our first volume of conference proceedings, and our first bilingual research report (English and Welsh editions). If you’re an academic staff member or PhD student, either at Cardiff University or another recognised higher education institution, and would like to find out more about submitting a monograph manuscript to us, please see the guidelines on our website at https://www.cardiffuniversitypress.org/site/publish/ . We look forward to hearing from you.

To discover why Open Access is important to us, check out our blog post here: https://cardiffunipress.wordpress.com/2018/10/22/open-access-and-us/

And you can keep up to date with our activities by following our Tweets @CUOpenResearch: we’d be very pleased if you could retweet them!

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A new chapter: CardiffUP gets bookish

Today is CardiffUP’s fourth birthday – the official launch of the Press was on 9th July 2015.  We’ve come a long way since that launch event, when we had 2 journals in our portfolio (there are now 12 of them) and 8 people on our Editorial Board (now 18).  Find out more about these on our website at https://www.cardiffuniversitypress.org/site/journals/ and https://www.cardiffuniversitypress.org/site/about/ respectively.

Two weeks ago we reached another publishing milestone, when our very first book was published on our website.  Like the CardiffUP journals, this is free to read and download, thanks to our Open Access policy.  You can find it at https://doi.org/10.18573/book1 and download it to your desktop or any mobile device, including smartphones and Kindles.  A print-on-demand paperback edition will also be available to order from our site shortly.

The book, Deconstructing Martial Arts by Cardiff University’s Professor Paul Bowman, examines different definitions of “martial arts” and their place in culture and society.  If you’d like to tell us what you think about this book and its subject matter, please feel free to add your comments at the bottom of the web page, or Tweet them with a mention of us @CUopenresearch .

From the earliest days of CardiffUP, the intention always was for it to become a monograph publisher eventually, as well as a journal publisher.  As we expected, publishing monographs has proved to be rather more complex, so we’ve taken plenty of time to get ready and set it up.  There are currently three more monograph titles going through the publication process, which should all appear by early 2020.  We’re happy to receive further submissions of monograph manuscripts at any time – guidelines and instructions for submitting these are on our website at https://www.cardiffuniversitypress.org/site/publish/ .  All academic staff and PhD students are welcome to submit manuscripts to us, whether they’re affiliated to Cardiff University or any other recognised higher education institutions throughout the world.

If you’re a Cardiff University author with a manuscript that needs a publisher, this summer is a particularly good time to submit it to us, as we’re offering a small number of Cardiff University Press Awards.  These Awards, known as “the Diemwnts” after our dragon mascot Diemwnt, will cover most of the publication costs of a limited number of monographs by Cardiff University authors, subject to our approval of the selected monograph manuscripts for publication after peer review. Further details of the Awards will follow later this month, so watch out for those!

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Cardiff University Press’ review of 2018

Happy New Year!  The last year has been very busy for Cardiff University Press, with lots of changes, challenges and new adventures.  Here’s a summary of what we’ve been up to.

  • In January, although it seems an age ago now, five of us were interviewed by Terry Morrell of ARK about our work with the Press. You can see extracts from the interviews on our YouTube channel (featured on this blog in August).
  • In February we said farewell to Sonja Haerkoenen, our Scholarly Publications Manager, who has returned to her native Germany to work at the University of Augsburg, Bavaria (read her final post on this blog here). The duties of Sonja’s role have been shared between Helen Sharp and Dr Alison Weightman of the University Library Service.
  • In March Prof Ben Hannigan was appointed as Chair of our Monograph Commissioning Panel, a new group to manage the submission, peer review and approval processes for our academic monograph publications. On the same day, an academic book manuscript entitled Deconstructing Martial Arts was submitted to us which will become our first published monograph in 2019.  Having made its way through peer reviews and Panel discussions, it was officially approved for publication by our Editorial Board in December.
  • In May we also approved the publication of our first conference proceedings volume, which will contain the adjunct papers from a computer studies conference held in September 2019.
  • In July our Editor-in-Chief Prof Paul Bowman succeeded Prof Damian Walford Davies as Chair of the Editorial Board, after Damian became a Pro Vice-Chancellor of Cardiff University.
  • In August we appointed three new Student Representatives to the Editorial Board, one from each of Cardiff University’s Colleges, ensuring that the student voice within Cardiff University Press is stronger than ever before.
  • In September a new publication, the Journal of Corpora and Discourse Studies, was launched on our online platform. Later that month we hosted a one-day introductory course on copyediting and proofreading, led by the Society for Editors and Proofreaders.
  • In November two more Cardiff University academics joined the Editorial Board, increasing the membership to 19 people (our biggest ever). The Monograph Commissioning Panel held its first official meeting, and another journal title was launched: the Journal of Antipoetry Studies/Revista de Estudios Antipoéticos (our first bilingual journal, publishing both English and Spanish papers). 
  • In December the first Cardiff University Press Annual Report was finalised and distributed in infographic format. One of Cardiff University Press’ founders, University Librarian Janet Peters, took early retirement and has been replaced on the Editorial Board by Tracey Stanley, the Acting University Librarian. In the week before Christmas we published the 30th anniversary issue of the Welsh Economic Review, our oldest journal – and, as mentioned above, our first monograph was approved for publication.

Phew!  We’ve come a long way in the last year, and 2019 promises to be even more eventful, with (among other things) the long-anticipated publication of our first monograph titles. Onwards and upwards…

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Come with us on a new adventure!

This is a very exciting time for Cardiff University Press. We’ve just moved to our new hosting platform, provided by Ubiquity Press. This platform will enable us to offer more services to our authors, editors and readers. Our web address remains the same: http://cardiffuniversitypress.org. We hope you like our new home!

The move will also allow us to enter a new phase of development. We’ve always had plans to expand into the area of monograph publishing once our journal publishing had been established. Our new partnership with Ubiquity Press will make that expansion possible, and we’re hoping to launch our monograph publishing activities in early 2018. In the meantime, do contact us to register your interest in publishing a monograph with us.

Watch this space, and share our adventure with us.

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