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RISsREF eligibility: Open Access policy comes into effect 1 April 2016

You may be aware of the national and international push towards Open Access (OA) publishing for research outputs. With HEFCE’s OA policy coming into effect 1 April 2016, it is vital that all research-active staff are familiar with these requirements as this may influence publication choices. Put simply:

To ensure that a journal or conference article complies with HEFCE’s OA policy and will be eligible for inclusion in the next REF, the author must upload the output to Pure as soon as the work is accepted for publication. Authors will need to enter the full date that the article was accepted for publication.

This flyer explains OA in more detail, the support available to you and what you must do to meet the University, HEFCE and other funder requirements (e.g. Research Councils, Wellcome Trust).

To find out more, please sign up to an ‘Open Access Publishing and REF’ workshop on the Researcher Development Programme. Alternatively, further help can be found on the Open Access website or by contacting
How to avoid ‘predatory’ journals and publishers

Academics considering where to publish should avoid ‘predatory’ open access journals.  The publishers of these journals try to encourage academics to submit their work to them and their websites often look professional. They accept as many articles as possible in order to make as much money as possible through Article Processing Charges, without offering any peer-review or editorial control. The result being that the quality is poor.

The University Library provides useful information on how to avoid ‘predatory’ journals and how to use journal rankings when choosing where to publish.
EPSRC Call for Associate Peer Reviewers

The EPSRC has opened a call for expressions of interest to join the EPSRC Associate Peer Review College. If you are selected, this would be an amazing opportunity and a very worthwhile experience.

To be eligible you should have sufficient scientific expertise to be able to offer a credible opinion of the scientific merit of proposals for funding submitted to EPSRC in at least one of the EPSRC Research Areas, which can be viewed on their Research Areas webpage.

The deadline for Expressions of interest is 10 May at 4pm. More information and the online Expression of Interest form can be found on their call webpage.

If you are successful in your Expression of Interest (or happen to be a panel member for another funder), please do let one of the Grants Team (Colin Waring, Piers McEwan, Phoebe Allman-Burt) know, as the experience of peer reviewers are particularly valuable and insightful.
NIHR Call for programme board and panel members

NIHR research programme boards and panels select the most important research questions to commission, and make funding recommendations on project applications.

NIHR are now looking for additional expertise for the boards or panels of the following programmes:

o Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme

o NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme

o NIHR Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme

o NIHR Public Health Research (PHR) Programme

Applications close on 25 April 2016 at 1pm. Further details and information on how to apply are available on their opportunities webpage.

There are also opportunities on their Public Health Research (PHR) Programme Advisory Board. For these roles they welcome applications from senior public health decision makers, particularly those working for local authorities, charities, the third sector and health protection, from across the UK (if you are aware of anyone that meets these criteria please feel free to highlight this opportunity to them).

Applications close on 1 April 2016. Further details and information on how to apply are available on their PAB recruitment webpage.
Researcher Development Programme 2015–16

View all workshops in the programme here.

Five Steps to Research Funding: Monday 4–Friday 8 April, 12.00pm–1.30pm

Impact and Engagement: Tuesday 12 April, 10.00am–2.30pm

Introduction to Innovate UK Funding: Thursday 14 April, 2.00pm–4.00pm

Peer Reviewing in the Humanities and Social Science: Tuesday 19 April, 10.00am–4.00pm

Introduction to Research Funding: Wednesday 20 April, 2.30pm–4.30pm
Celebrate our new initiative to support the Solent’s creative enterprises

Join Creative Network South and Creative Industry Finance at the University of Portsmouth on Thursday 7 April at 6.00pm, to celebrate the launch of an exciting new initiative offering free business support and access to finance for creative and cultural enterprises who are looking to scale up and grow.

For more information and to book your place please visit Eventbrite.
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