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Royal Holloway embraces open access policy for all research

Posted on 15/02/2010

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Royal Holloway, University of London has become the latest UK university to give formal approval to an open access publication policy requiring its researchers to deposit copies of their research in the Royal Holloway Research Online (RHRO) repository from 1 September 2010.

The open access research repository will act as an important medium for the dissemination of Royal Holloway’s research, which will be available for free to anyone, anywhere in the world, with an internet connection.

“I am delighted that Royal Holloway has formally approved an open access mandate,” says Professor Rob Kemp, Acting Principal at Royal Holloway. “This will enable us to maximise the benefit and extend the reach of the university’s research. It also coincides with the forthcoming implementation of a new state-of-the-art research information system at Royal Holloway which will provide the missing link between open access publications, research administration and management information across the College.”

Professor Adam Tickell, Vice-Principal (Research, Enterprise and Communications), adds, “This mandate is a key component of our new research strategy and is essential for an international, research-intensive university. I am absolutely committed to the values of open-access; it opens up routes to knowledge and means that Royal Holloway can showcase the range and quality of its publicly-funded research to the widest possible audience.”

John Tuck, Director of Library Services, comments, “2010 is going to be an exciting time for Library Services at Royal Holloway. The mandate puts the Library firmly at the heart of the research agenda of the College as well as reflecting sector best-practice. It will significantly increase the number of full-text deposits in our RHRO repository and we hope it will be complemented by electronic thesis submission for the new 2010/11 research student intake.”

Royal Holloway Research Online: rhro.rhul.ac.uk


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