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About the Centre for Research Communications
The CRC was founded in April 2009 as a University research centre for research and development work with local, national and international partnerships. The CRC has global impact in the R&D that it carries out in the development of projects and global reach in the provision of services in the field of research communications. The CRC builds on the work of SHERPA in helping the establishment and development of instiutional repositories across higher education institutions in the UK.
Current project work includes:
The CRC has worked on a number of significant projects in opening access to scholarly communication:
The CRC houses the work of SHERPA (http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/), which is a body which has been active in open access research communications for six years. There is a SHERPA partnership of over 30 research-led institutions in the UK.
There are four principal SHERPA services supporting work for open access information — RoMEO, JULIET, OpenDOAR and FACT. SHERPA has previously been awarded the SPARC Europe Award for Outstanding Achievements in Scholarly Communication for our work in open access, particularly for these services. http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/news/award.html
RoMEO provides information on publishers copyright contracts, as an advisory service for academic authors wishing to archive their work on line. http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo
JULIET provides information on funders open access policies, as an advisory service for academic researchers wishing to check the requirements of their grants http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/juliet
OpenDOAR is the global directory of open access repositories of academic materials (just over 1500 currently registered) http://www.opendoar.org/
FACT is a service for UK-based authors to assist them in complying with open access policies from a number of UK-based research funders. http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/fact
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