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International Open Access week

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During International Open Access week I thought it might be timely to revisit Open Access publication and remind everyone about what it is and why it’s important.

Open Access publication increases the impact of your research, gives you a wider audience, and can be read wherever anyone has an internet connection regardless of whether the reader has access to journal subscriptions or money to pay for articles.

HEFCE has mandated that to be eligible for inclusion in the next Research Excellence Framework (REF), all journal articles and papers within conference proceedings published with an ISSN since April 1 2016 should be Open Access and deposited in an institutional or subject repository.

Research outputs can be published Open Access in two main ways, the Green route and the Gold route. The Green route involves depositing a version of a research output into a subject or institutional repository. Manchester Met has a publications repository called e-space. The version you can deposit varies from publisher to publisher but is typically the ‘author accepted manuscript’. This version has been peer-reviewed and contains final corrections, but has none of the formatting (volume and issue, page numbers, logos etc) of the final published version.

The Gold route usually involves payment of a fee to publish, the ‘article processing charge’ or APC. Manchester Met currently provides funding to cover this charge, subject to support from Faculty Heads of RKE. Applications to the fund can be made via the online form on the Library’s Open Access guide:

If you do not wish, or are unable, to pay for gold Open Access you should go via the green route, or publish in a quality Open Access journal that doesn’t charge an APC.

Both routes at Manchester Met involve depositing your output into the University’s research management system, Symplectic Elements. From there it will be pushed through to e-space where it will be reviewed by Library Staff to ensure that the data is correct and that the version of the output can be put into a repository.

If you have any questions about Symplectic, please contact the RKE Systems team

If your question is about e-space, particularly about the version of your output, please contact

Mary Pickstone
Research Support Librarian


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The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) have just launched an online survey

The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) have just launched an online survey about the barriers to engaging with Parliament specifically for academics, which we would love readers to respond to and share.

The survey is 14 questions long and should take around five minutes to complete. They would welcome contributions from anyone with something to tell them, although they are particularly interested in hearing from academics from groups who engage less with Parliament: women, academics from BAME backgrounds, and academics with disabilities.

After the close of the survey on 18 August, they’ll be reporting the findings on the LSE blog and elsewhere and, most importantly, they’ll be developing activities focused on addressing some of the barriers identified and supporting a wider range of academics to engage with the business of Parliament.

So please, take five minutes to share your thoughts and help POST make Parliament and parliamentary processes more inclusive and representative.

The survey can be completed here and closes on 18 August.

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Marketing Manager Meets

mmmMarketing Manager Meets is a safe space for marketers. Put simply, it’s where senior, in-house marketers from around the North West get together for an afternoon of drinks and networking. It’s a great chance to meet peers from across the region and discuss the hot topics and issues we’re facing as marketers. Not only that, but it’s completely free!

Date: Wednesday 19th July 2017
Times: 16.00 – 18.00pm
Venue: The Refinery

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Grappling with Gratuities

A business’s approach to gratuity contributions for their staff is fast becoming a way to set operators apart as an employer. But with many struggling with the lack of definitive legal guidance surrounding the issue, it is creating an uneven and confusing playing field. Join pro-manchester and their newly formed hospitality sector taskforce as they come together to address the hot topic of gratuities with a power panel made up of some of the city’s industry leaders and big movers in hospitality.

Date: Tuesday 11th July 2017
Times: 17.30 – 19.00pm
Venue: Kuits Solicitors

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Football Finance Review

Please join us for the next Sports Industry Group event, where we will be discussing the newly released Deloitte Annual Review of Football Finance.

The Review – born in Manchester and now in its 26th year – has become an established fixture in the football business calendar.

Timothy Bridge from the Sports Business Group at Deloitte will provide unique insights about football’s financial results here in the North West

Date: Tuesday 11th July 2017
Times: 8.00 – 9.30am
Venue: Deloitte

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Join creative pro-manchester on 30th June 12:00 – 17:00, for this year’s #BeeAuthentic conference which will examine the importance of authenticity in business. This year’s conference will focus on helping businesses understand the vital elements required for authentic communication, in order to stay competitive in today’s modern market.
Date: Friday 30th June 2017
Times: 12:00 – 17:00
Venue: The Studio

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Tech in Retail

Technology has transformed the retail sector. Online shopping has taken over from bricks and mortar retail but tech is continuing to drive changes in the retail sector. The need for speed has raised the bar in terms of what customers want and when they want it.

Next day delivery has been followed by Amazon’s one hour delivery service and now the talk is of drones delivering goods within 30 minutes or less. Companies are investing huge sums of money into customers buying habits and better analytics. Where will it end?

BusinessCloud has joined pro-manchester to look at how technology continues to change the face of retail and what  we can expect next in the world of retail.

Date: Thursday 29th June
Times: 7.30 – 9.30
Venue: Seventy7
In Partnership with Business Cloud

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