The growth of full text content in the University’s open access repository ORA continues apace, with over 60,000 works by Oxford academics and researchers now freely available.
The 60,000th full text item is an article uploaded by Professor Sally Shuttleworth (Faculty of English) entitled ‘Fagged out: Overwork and sleeplessness in Victorian professional life’ and recently accepted for publication in the Royal Society’s journal Interface Focus. The published article will of course be available to subscribers of the journal, but the publisher’s policy on ‘green open access’ also means that anyone anywhere can (already) read the author’s manuscript version for free through the ORA record.
Prof Shuttleworth welcomed the ORA milestone and said ‘I believe in the principle of Open Access, and for Humanities scholarship, where most research is conducted without external grants to cover publishers’ charges, ORA is an absolute lifeline. As it happens, this paper was written as part of research for a large ERC [European Union] project, ‘Diseases of Modern Life: Nineteenth-Century Perspectives’. I found myself in the strange situation of running a grant that started before publishing charges and green and gold access had materialised, and so with no built-in budget for this purpose, but required by the end to show I had made best efforts to publish all outputs OA. Thank heavens for ORA! Our project placed huge emphasis on engaging with a broad public, so I am pleased that the team’s research will be accessible to all who are interested in the issues we have pursued in our work. This particular article will form part of a special issue on ‘Sleep and Stress’ for the Royal Society journal, Interface Focus, which I am co-editing with Professor Russell Foster, Head of the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute at Oxford. It arises out of an interdisciplinary conference we ran at the Royal Society, and will be a new form of experiment for Royal Society publishing, bringing the sciences and humanities together in the pages of a science journal.’
ORA is Oxford University’s institutional repository: a permanent and secure archive which increases the dissemination and visibility of research freely on the web and helps researchers to meet funders’ Open Access requirements. It currently contains records and full text files for over 235,000 publications of various types deposited by our academics and researchers: journal articles, doctoral theses, working papers, conference papers, book chapters, books and more. Files are made publicly available if and when permitted by the publisher. To browse ORA by item type or file availability click here. To open a file, click on the link next to the green open padlock symbol in the ‘Access Document’ section of the ORA record.