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Completed projects

Completed projects and research are listed below. Please also see our reports page.


In the area of Open Access
Investigating OA Monograph Services
This project aimed to explore potential future services to support open-access (OA) monograph publishing. It was conducted by Jisc Collections and the OAPEN Foundation.
The OAPEN-UK final report summarises the main findings from the OAPEN-UK research project, a five-year study into open access monograph publishing in the humanities and social sciences.


Jisc APC Jisc APC is a completed pilot project that aimed to assist UK higher education institutions and publishers worldwide in managing Gold OA article processing charges. The project is currently reporting on institutional case studies and trends in APC perceived during the pilot.
Project Meritt Merit's main objective was to make available to everyone on open access the best UK research outputs.
Open Access Fees Project Jisc Collections has undertaken a number of practical projects related to the emergence of gold open access as an alternative business model for scholarly journals. This work has been focused on the challenges associated with managing open access fees and the perceived transparency issues based on concerns expressed by librarians that they are potentially paying twice, via subscription and OA article processing charges. A final report summarises the findings from the project.
In the area of meeting HEFCE policy
Jisc Monitor
Jisc Monitor, a one-year project that started in May 2014, explored how a Jisc managed shared service might support institutions in meeting HEFCE policy.  For more information, please see the project website, or email Frank Manista.
In the area of shared services
JCS Online Resources A central subscription service for resources from more than 15 publishers.
Evaluating E-journal Archiving Solutions This study explored the different initiatives and approaches that were emerging in 2008 to facilitate e-journal archiving. The final report of the study provides an overview of the archiving solutions available and the pros and cons of each. The overview has been developed into a quick reference booklet for librarians - a practical guide to the solutions offered by 3 of the main long-term preservation schemes.
Entitlement Registry Project This project is addressing the administrative challenge libraries face in keeping track of post-cancellation archival (PCA) rights associated with the ˜Big Deals". The project has undertaken a scoping exercise to explore the requirements, costs and workflows for building an authoritative record of entitlement to PCA rights for UK institutions who participate in the NESLI2 agreements.
The Post-Cancellation Entitlement Registry Scoping Project Final Report was published in May 2012.
Academic Database Assessment Tool (ADAT) The Academic Database Assessment Tool (ADAT) was designed to help libraries make informed decisions about investments in major bibliographic and full-text databases. It allows users to compare database title holdings, as well as key features of database and eBook content platforms.
Pilot for Ensuring Continuity of Access via NESLi2: PECAN The PECAN project investigated the policy, procedures and infrastructure needed to provide institutions with guaranteed post-cancellation access to their NESLi2 e-journal holdings.
The PECAN project produced a final report, the findings of which are being taken forward through the Post-Cancelation Entitlement Registry project.
Specific for the FE and Skills sector
Ebooks for FE The e-books for FE project provides Further Education colleges in the UK with access to a core collection of e-books on a platform that offers functionality suitable for the needs of the community. *Please note that this project has now been succeeded by the Interactive Learning Resources for Skills project.
In the area of business and licensing models, and widening access
Extending access to licensed content to SMEs Developing business models to extend access to academic licensed content to Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs). More information about extending access to SMEs.
Extending access to licensed content to NHS users Developing business models to extend access to academic licensed content to users in the NHS. More information about extending access to NHS users.
Entitlement Registry Project This project explored what would happen if an institution wanted to ascertain from a publisher what its post cancellation rights were.
Jisc national e-books observatory Project The JISC national e-books observatory project undertook a wealth of research, analysing log data to learn about how users discover and navigate through e-books.
Ebook Consortia Pilot Project A small consortium of 6 university libraries -Cranfield University, Loughborough University, Newcastle University, Brunel University, University of Southampton and University of Liverpool - participated in a one year project to investigate the collaborative purchasing of engineering ebooks. The final report is available online.
PublishOER Seeking to develop new ways of complementing the OER resource collections with high quality published content, the project team investigated alternative, flexible ways of raising income for using commercially published material in sharable resources.
E-textbook Business Models for HE In 2009, Jisc Collections commenced a new study to explore in more detail the e-textbook landscape in the UK and to work collaboratively with publishers and libraries to identify and pilot four potential e-textbook business models. The results and reports of this study are available to all. In addition to the reports, there are a number of case studies available from the university libraries that participated in the e-textbook trials which make excellent reading.
E-textbook Business Models for FE The E-books for FE project provides colleges with over 3,000 free e-textbooks, but given the diversity of courses delivered in FE, it is necessary to explore how colleges can supplement this collection. Research was undertaken to look at the steps and business models that could help colleges towards wider acquisition and use of e-textbook. Read the migrating to e in FE report.
Examining the economics of bloc payments for e-journals Better pricing and increased access to content can be achieved by institutions operating as a single bloc at a national or UK-wide level. However, bloc purchasing presents many challenges, for example, how should the total costs be shared between participating institutions? This project researched the metrics and models for the redistribution of costs. Read the bloc payment methods for online journal agreements: models for the redistribution of costs report.
Extending Access Management to Business and Community Engagement This project created a toolkit of materials to help institutions engaged in business and community engagement provide access to e-resources for these groups of users.
Copyright Advice and Support Project for Electronic Resources (CASPER) CASPER provided central support for the copyright clearance and management of the outputs of the Jisc funded REPRODUCE project, which develops, and runs technology enhanced courses using reused and repurposed learning materials.
In the area of user needs and behavious
Jisc national ebooks observatory project The Jisc national e-books observatory project undertook a wealth of research, analysing log data to learn about how users discover and navigate through e-books, exploring the attitudes of academics and students and assessing the impact of making course text e-books available via university libraries to thousands of students on print sales.
All final reports are available on the project website.
Service Provider Interface Study This 2009 study looked at usability issues known as 'the discovery problem' within the UK HE / FE access management context. A lack of common approach to presenting user log-in areas has led to many different variations and a confusing experience for users.
The results of the study have informed current Jisc Collections, Jisc and REFEDS activities.Go to top


Last update: March 2016