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Chris Banks

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Banks C, 2020, UKRI Open Access Policy Consultation Imperial College London Response, London, UK, Publisher: Imperial College London

This document summarises the Imperial College London response to UKRI’s Open Access Review consultation: In addition to signposting the full UKRI consultation documentation and list of questions, consultation on the Imperial College response to the UKRI OA review has been undertaken as follows· Presentation and discussion at the Vice Provost’s Advisory Group for Research· Presentations at each of the four Faculty Research Committee meetings· Via a recorded online presentation accompanied by a short questionnaire· Through information circulated via faculty and departmental mailing lists· Via social media including Twitter, and YammerResponses to multiple choice questions are highlightedThe response was submitted by Chris Banks, Assistant Provost (Space) & Director of Library Services on behalf of the College.


Stubbs T, Banks C, 2020, UKRR: a collaborative collection management success story, INSIGHTS-THE UKSG JOURNAL, Vol: 33, ISSN: 2048-7754

It is worth noting that all the material in this paper is adapted from, and appears in greater length in, the UKRR Final Report.1This article summarizes the achievements of the United Kingdom Research Reserve (UKRR) project, which was established in 2007 to explore whether, through collaborative documentation, preservation and deduplication of low-use print journals, it would be possible to realize benefits through the generation of space savings across the UK’s Higher Education libraries. In total, the project received £11,581,672 in funding from HEFCE (now Research England).UKRR was managed by Imperial College London in partnership with the British Library (BL) and between 2007 and 2019, 35 further libraries participated in the project. UKRR ran in three phases and has now transitioned to a service delivered by the BL which is available to libraries across the UK.During all three phases of the project, UKRR supported the processing of nearly 130,000 metres of print journal materials and enabled the release of nearly 98,000 metres of shelf space across the 36 libraries. Print copies of scarce titles were preserved, nearly 10,000 individual journal issues from 8,000 journal titles helped fill gaps in the BL’s own collection and data for over 300,000 individual journal issues was enhanced in the BL’s catalogue. When calculating the capital and recurrent value of the space released amongst the participating libraries, it is estimated that the project delivered £4.04 in savings for every £1.00 of funding received.

Journal article

Stubbs T, Hosking J, Appleyard A, Banks C, Grindley N, Larch N, Yang Det al., 2019, UK Research Reserve (UKRR) Final Report, UK Research Reserve (UKRR) Final Report


Banks C, 2019, UKRR Partnership and Collaboration: Celebrating the achievements of UKRR 2007-2019, UKRR: The Next Volume

Conference paper

Banks C, 2016, Focusing upstream: Supporting scholarly communication by academics, Insights: the UKSG Journal, Vol: 29, Pages: 37-44

This article discusses the broad and complex funder open access (OA) policy environment in the UK and describes some of the challenges libraries face in providing frictionless services to support academic compliance. It offers a view on the actions of publishers in this policy environment, as well as outlining how strategic discussions have moved beyond the library to include the whole institution. Finally, it outlines the work being undertaken at Imperial College London to develop a new OA policy and licence which could support academics and institutions with compliance and HEFCE Research Excellence Framework eligibility in a single step.

Journal article

, 2013, Profile-Chris Banks, Against the Grain, Vol: 25

Journal article

Banks CA, 2013, From stronghold to threshold: new Library and new opportunities, University Libraries and Space in the Digital World, Editors: Matthews, Walton, Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., Pages: 85-100, ISBN: 9781409423829

Book chapter

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