COVID-19 – Temporary access to additional electronic resources during Library closures

As academic libraries worldwide are committed to continuing support for teaching, learning and research during the COVID-19 outbreak, many publishers have made online resources, including e-books, e-journals and databases freely available.

Students and staff at the University of Aberdeen can now access more books and research materials than covered by our normal licences and subscriptions. Details on specific collections are available from our designated Library page, which will be updated regularly as changes are made to these temporary resources.

In addition to this highlighting of expanded content from commercial organisations, we plan on providing information about relevant and appropriate Open Access resources. Bookmark our web page!



UKRI Open Access Review

UK Research and Innovation aim to improve access to research outputs and ensure that their Open Access policy is sustainable, represents value for money and is easy to comply with. Consultation on a proposed OA policy opened on 13 February and runs until noon on 17 April.

Details are available at

Individuals are welcome to respond directly to UKRI until 17 April, but the University of Aberdeen will also prepare an institutional response. To have your feedback considered for our response, or if you have any questions about the review, please get in touch via

The deadline for feedback for the University’s response is the end of February.

Marion Campbell
Vice Principal (Research)

Wellcome seeks comments on implementing the principles of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA)

The University of Aberdeen Library invites members of our academic community to submit comments on Wellcome’s new Open Access Policy, to help in the development of guidance around this issue.

Wellcome has published draft guidance for funded research organisations on implementing the principles set out in the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA).

The requirement to publicly commit to the DORA principles is a key element of Wellcome’s new Open Access Policy which will come into force in January 2021.

To help them shape and refine the guidance, they are now inviting feedback. Simon Bains, University Librarian, is leading on a response for Aberdeen, and welcomes any comments by 5pm on Wednesday 19 February. Please send any comments to