Month: May 2023

Advice, support and funding for publishing open access books

We recommend that authors ask fellow academics in their department for discipline-specific advice on where to publish monographs and edited collections. For authors with a particular interest in publishing open access, the Directory of Open Access Books is a good resource for finding trusted publishers, and can be searched by subject, language, and publisher.

If you are funded by one of the research councils that make up UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), their new Open Access Policy requires that monographs, books chapters and edited collections agreed with publishers from 1 January 2024 are made open access with a Creative Commons licence within 12 months of publication. This can be via a publisher’s website, platform or a repository, such as Spiral. Please contact the Open Access team ( for more information if this applies to you.

If you hold a grant from the Wellcome Trust, their policy requires that you approach them about making any books or book chapters you author available from NCBI Bookshelf and Europe PMC. Where an open access publishing fee has been charged, works should be immediately available without embargo and licensed to support their re-use, preferably with a CC BY licence.

Record and Publish a Seminar about your Latest Research using Cassyni

Giving a seminar is a great way to enhance the accessibility, reach and impact of your research, and promote your credentials as a researcher, helping you stand out in an increasingly competitive job market. This is why the Graduate School has partnered with Cassyni to offer all PhD students and Postdocs the opportunity to record and publish seminars about their latest research papers.

The service is currently free through to the end of May, and will result in a published seminar recording with a DOI that can be shared widely with colleagues, and embedded on your homepage and in your social media feeds. Seminars will also be indexed in Cassyni Discover, the world’s largest index of academic seminars, and by Google.

Here are some examples of recent seminars published on Cassyni:

Full details of how to use the service are available here:

The Good Science Project at Imperial College London

’The Good Science Project’ is a new initiative for encouraging debate about research culture here at Imperial College. From PhD student to professor, all are invited to take part. A series of lunchtime ‘Friday Forums’ will look at the questions we need to ask about our life as scientists. Lunch is provided and all perspectives are welcome. The Good Science Project is a collaboration between the Office of the Vice-Provost (Research and Education) and the Science Communication Unit and is funded by RCUK.

For information about the sessions and how to register, please visit the following webpage,