Re: Oxford-University-Press/Oxford-University-Eprint-Archive Partnership

From: Steve Hitchcock <>
Date: Fri, 3 Oct 2003 16:53:51 +0100

This is an intriguing new development for open access institutional
archiving among the spate of news about open access publishing. Maybe the
project partners can clarify a few points.

Is this arrangement for the duration of the Sherpa project or longer?
Will the full texts of the relevant papers be hosted on the SERS/OULS
Eprints server?
Access will be provided to papers 'from 2002': does this mean to the
present, or just 2002?
Access will be provided to papers published in 'many' of the Oxford
Journals. But not all?
In other words, are we talking about a real service, or an experiment? If
the latter, how will the results be measured?

Will other institutional archives be offered the same terms for their authors?

Steve Hitchcock
IAM Group, Department of Electronics and Computer Science
University of Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 3256 Fax: +44 (0)23 8059 2865

At 13:34 03/10/03 +0100, you wrote:
>For immediate release: Friday 3 October 2003
>OUP supports Oxford University Library Services
>"Open Archives" Initiative
>Oxford University Press (OUP) is delighted to announce a partnership with
>Oxford University Library Services, (OULS) in support of the national
>SHERPA project.
>Under the terms of the agreement, OUP will provide the Systems and
>Electronic Resources (SERS) department of OULS with online access to
>articles by Oxford University-based authors published in many of the Oxford
>Journals from 2002. The articles will then be searchable via the OULS pilot
>institutional repository and available free of charge to researchers across
>the globe.
>SHERPA is a three-year project that aims to investigate the concept of
>institutional open archive repositories. The creation, population and
>management of these repositories are at the heart of the project. Oxford
>University is one of nine UK institutions currently taking part, and
>providing OULS with access to such a large mass of research will allow
>valuable experimentation and evaluation to take place.
>"I am delighted that we are the first publisher to become involved in this
>innovative project," commented Martin Richardson, Director of OUP's
>Journals Division. "Access to our online journals corpus will provide a
>substantial collection of high quality scholarly research across a broad
>range of disciplines, facilitating investigations into some key technical,
>economic and cultural issues surrounding the creation of institutional
>"It is early days for the SHERPA project at OULS," explained Frances Boyle,
>Electronic Resources Manager based at SERS. "Our first task is to set up a
>server with the software over the coming months. The
>collaboration with OUP will enable us to populate the repository with
>quality content. This initiative will kick-start the project and will
>enable OULS to host a demonstrator system for the many interested
>stakeholders at Oxford."
>More detailed information about the project will be available later this
>year from OULS at <>
>(please note that this link is not yet live)
>For further information contact:
>Rachel Goode, Communications Manager
>Journals Division, Oxford University Press
>Great Clarendon Street, Oxford, OX2 6DP
>Tel: +44 1865 353388
>Mobile: +44 7957 491505
>Email: <>
>About Oxford University Press
>Oxford University Press (OUP) is a department of the University of Oxford.
>It furthers the University's objective of excellence in research,
>scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. OUP publishes over 180
>journals, two-thirds of which are published in collaboration with learned
>societies and other international organisations. For further information
>about the Journals Division, visit
>About OULS
>The Systems and Electronic Resources Service is the IT support facility for
>Oxford University Library Services (including the Bodleian Library) and
>provider of scholarly electronic resources across all the libraries of
>Oxford and to academic users both on and off campus. For more than a
>decade, the Oxford libraries have been at the forefront of electronic
>provision within the UK and currently provide access to one of the largest
>portfolios of scholarly electronic resources, over 500 datasets and 7,000
>electronic journals, in the UK. The range of material includes
>bibliographic, full-text, geospatial and image databases, held locally and
>on the internet in all subject areas. A strategic aim is to provide a
>"hybrid library" environment that will integrate library information
>services in a seamless and coherent manner to the benefit of users. For
>further information about OULS, visit
>SHERPA (Securing a Hybrid Environment for Research Preservation and Access)
>is a three-year project funded by JISC and CURL and hosted by Nottingham
>University. It aims to address issues surrounding the future of scholarly
>communication and publishing by creating a network of open access
>repositories to release institutionally-produced research findings onto the
>web. Nine institutions have been enlisted as development partners, with
>more to come. SHERPA will work through the technical, managerial and
>cultural issues of implementing institutionally-based open access
>repositories (so called e-print archives) that comply with the Open
>Archives Initiative standard. SHERPA will also provide information and
>advice to other institutions thinking of implementing their own
>institutional repositories.
>For more information about SHERPA, please visit
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