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UKRI Open Access Policy


In conjunction with the International Open Access Week, it is timely to highlight the UKRI Open Access policy that was introduced in April 2022. If you are a UKRI grant holder, this will apply to you.

As of 1st April 2022, the new UKRI Open Access Policy became effective.

This policy applies to publications which need to acknowledge funding from UKRI or any of its councils. This includes funding from:

  • the research councils
  • Research England
  • Innovate UK.

The policy applies to the following types of publication, when they are required to acknowledge funding from UKRI or any of its constituent councils

a. Peer-reviewed research articles, including reviews and conference papers, that are accepted for final publication in either a journal, conference proceeding with an International Standard Serial Number (ISSN), or publishing platform

b. Monographs, book chapters and edited collections, as defined at Annex 1 of the policy document (the policy will only apply to these publication types after 1 January 2024)

For research articles, these are the key things you need to know – 

  • the policy applies to all research articles submitted for publication on or after 1 April 2022
  • there are two different compliant routes to open access
  • Route 1 – Publish your research article open access in a journal or publishing platform which makes the Version of Record (VOR)(also known as the final published version) immediately open access via its website
    • The VOR must be free and unrestricted to view and download. It must have a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) licence, or other licence permitted by UKRI (see the policy for more information)
    • The research article must be made open access in a journal or publishing platform that facilitate access, discovery and reuse
  • Route 2 – Publish your research article in a subscription journal (also known as hybrid journal) and deposit the Author’s Accepted Manuscript (or if the publisher permits, you can upload the VOR) in an institutional repository (in our case, this would be BURO – Bournemouth University Research Online, and the deposit is done via BRIAN), or a subject repository at the same time of final publication, as defined at Annex 1.
    • The deposited version must be free and unrestricted to view and download. It must have a CC BY licence, or other licence permitted by UKRI
    • A publisher-requested delay or ’embargo period’ between publication of the Version of Record and open access of the deposited version is not permitted.
    • The research article must be made open access in a repository that facilitate access, discovery and reuse

For more details on the policy requirements, please refer to the UKRI Open Access policy website.

If you are a UKRI grant holder and you are unsure about what you should do to comply, please email your questions to OpenAccess@bournemouth.ac.uk

New BU midwifery paper published this week

Congratulations to Prof. Vanora Hundley in the Centre for Midwifery, Maternal &Perinatal Health (CMMPH) who published the paper ‘Effective communication: core to promoting respectful maternity care for disabled women’ in the international journal Midwifery. This paper is co-authored with BU Visiting Faculty Jillian Ireland who is Professional Midwifery Advocate at Poole Maternity Hospital, University Hospital Dorset (UHD), and two former BU staff members: Dr. Bethan Collins & Dr. Jenny Hall.


Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen


Collins, C., Hall, J., Hundley, V., Ireland, J. (2022) Effective communication: core to promoting respectful maternity care for disabled women’, Midwifery. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2022.103525



Professor Debbie Holleys’ work on EU Digital Competence Framework presented at International Conference

Digital health, wellbeing and security working group lead Dr Anícia Rebelo Trindade 

The European Union (EU) revisited their Digital Competence Framework for citizens last year, with the new version published in April 2022. With EU colleagues, I contributed to the work of the Digital Health and Wellbeing working group. Together we revised and reframed the  Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes statements of the policy for digital health, protecting data and privacy. The research was conducted using a design-based research  (DBR) approach  (Mckenney & Reeves, 2014; Plomp, 2013); this protocol combines theory with practice and is used when complex decisions and multiple voices are to be collated and represented. In this case, the stakeholders comprised experts, volunteers, and Joint Research Centre (JRC) leadership.

From this body of work we have a series of publications underway, and one of these is a Springer Digital health publication, where the full peer reviewed papers from the 16th International Conference on Information Technology and Applications (ICITA) will be published later this year. Our methodological approach was highly comm

ended by the peer reviewers. The conference is running 20/21 October 2022 in Lisbon, Portugal.

The EU revised framework can be accessed here:

Vuorikari. R., Kluzer, S., & Punie, Y. (2022). DigComp 2.2: The digital competence framework for citizens with new examples of knowledge, skills and attitudes. European Commission. Available: https://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC128415

and our presentation, summarising the work in the paper is available here:


Debbie researches as part of the Nurses for Long Term Health (N4LTH) research group, and the Centre for Media  Practice in Education (CEMP) research group. You can follow her on twitter @debbieholley1 @N4LTH @CEMP_BU


Call for Participants | Supervision of PhD Students: Challenges, Support and Perceptions

Amy Zile is a postgraduate researcher at the University of East Anglia and is conducting interviews with PhD supervisors as part of her project entitled, ‘Supervision of PhD Students: Challenges, Support and Perceptions’. As part of her PhD she is looking to interview supervisors of PhD students to better understand how they perceive the supervisory relationship, the barriers and enablers to effective supervision, and the institutional support for those supervising PhD students. The interviews are being conducted online to allow participation from all over the UK.

If you are are supervisor at BU and interested in participating in this research, full details can be found on the study information sheet below:

Open Access @ BU – An overview

In conjunction with the International Open Access Week, it is timely to talk about what Open Access means at BU!

Open Access

Open access is a broad international movement that seeks to grant free and open online access to academic information, such as publications and data. A publication is defined ‘open access’ when there are no financial, legal or technical barriers to accessing it – that is to say when anyone can read, download, copy, distribute, print, search for and search within the information, or use it in education or in any other way within the legal agreements.





Open Access Funding @BU

Although Bournemouth University has been awarded the UKRI Open Access block grant, it is a very modest amount. However, there is a small centralised BU Open Access Fund that BU authors can get access to on a competitive basis. Due to a very limited budget, application for funding is extremely competitive, and the selection criteria are stringent. In the past years, through the centralised open access fund, Bournemouth University has been able to support open access outputs from various impactful key research, including Epibentic and mobile species colonisation of a geo textile artificial sur reef on the south coast of England, Dignity and respect during pregnancy and childbirth: A survey of the experience of disabled women, Seven Characteristics Defining Online News Formats, Applied screening tests for the detection of superior face recognition, and many more!

Open Access Funding through Transformative Deals

Through the UK JISC Agreements, Bournemouth University currently has Read and Publish open access transformative deals with publishers such as BMJ, SAGE, Springer, PLOS, Wiley and more, which means that BU authors can publish open access for free in the journal titles covered under the deals, subject to their terms and conditions. Each transformative deal and what it covers varies from one another.

For example, the BMJ transformative deal only covers original research articles from research funded by UKRI, British Hearth Foundation, Blood Cancer UK, Cancer Research UK, Parkinsons UK, Versus Arthritis or the Wellcome Trust. As for the SAGE transformative deal, there is no such restrictions; however, you can only publish open access for free under a select list of journal titles.

In order to ensure that you get the maximum benefit from these transformative deals, do head over to the Bournemouth University Library and Learning Support guide for more details and information!

Green Open Access @ BU

Green Open Access, also referred to as self-archiving, is the practice of placing a version of an author’s manuscript into a repository, making it freely accessible for everyone. The version that can be deposited into a repository is dependent on the funder or publisher. You can make use of the Sherpa Romeo online resource to check the copyright policies of your target journal or publisher. At Bournemouth University, the self-archiving process is done through our current research and information system called BRIAN (Bournemouth Research Information and Networking); and all successfully reviewed and deposited manuscripts will be housed in our institutional repository called BURO (Bournemouth University Research Online).

Join the Ageing and Dementia Research Forum – everyone welcome







Dear colleagues

We are developing a forum for those interested in ageing and dementia research at Bournemouth University. The forum is an opportunity to get together to chat about research and share experiences in a safe and supportive environment. Specific topics will be discussed but there will also be time for open discussion to mull over aspects of research such as project ideas and planning, ethical considerations and patient and public involvement.

The next forum meetings will be in October and November (see table below), if you would like to join us, please email adrc@bournemouth.ac.uk so we can send you the meeting details.

Date, time, and campus Research areas
27th October 2022


Talbot Campus

Dr Michele Board – Frailty

Dr Susan Dewhurst – Falls prevention

24th November 2022


Lansdowne Campus

Dorset Healthcare – Down syndrome and dementia

If you would like to discuss your research ideas at a future meeting, please email Michelle mheward@bournemouth.ac.uk

Kind regards,

Ageing and Dementia Research Centre


Professor Dimitrios Buhalis contributed to the EU Smart Tourism Podcast LISTEN AT https://open.spotify.com/episode/7hgvIrhZOtxnSxZdXNmDrK  

Professor Dimitrios Buhalis contributed to the EU Smart Tourism Podcast

LISTEN AT https://open.spotify.com/episode/7hgvIrhZOtxnSxZdXNmDrK

In this third episode of the EU Smart Tourism Podcast, we explore the digital space in smart tourism and begin to ask: what drives this digital move, how does it find implementation and what does this mean for the future of European tourism?

Misa Labarile, Policy Officer at the European Commission, DG GROW discusses with past winners of the competition as well as cities within the EU Smart Tourism network about how digitalisation can enhance and drive innovation in the tourism industry.


Prof. Dimitrios Buhalis: expert on digitalisation and smart tourism at Bournemouth University, United Kingdom

Dejan Ristić: Project Manager at Ljubljana Tourism (Slovenia)

Jukka Punamaki: Senior Tourism Advisor, Helsinki (Finland)

Host: Misa Labarile, Policy Officer of the European Commission, DG GROW


Professor Dimitrios Buhalis contributes to the EU Smart Tourism Podcast LISTEN

Are you a member of research staff? Come for coffee and cake on 24th November!

The BU Research Staff Association would like to invite all research staff to an in-person meet up for coffee and cake on Thursday 24 November on Talbot Campus in F106 (Fusion Building) between 12 and 1pm.

Bring your lunch and a coffee, and we will provide the cake! (Note: it may not look as good as this one does.)

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This will be an opportunity for you to meet the Research Staff Association (RSA) Reps. We currently have three reps from HSS (Sophia Amenyah, Michelle Heward, Gladys Yinusa), three from FST (Sarah Elliott, Kim Davies and Sam Greenhill) and one from BUBS (Raf Nicholson).

This will also be an opportunity for research staff members to meet those within the same community, and to provide the opportunity for us all to get to know each other and support each other.

The RSA is a network to support research staff on fixed term contracts and to provide a mechanism to feed back to the university any issues or problems that arise.

At the meet-up, we will also be discussing the possibility of mentoring, within our departments and faculties – please do come along if you are interested in hearing more about mentoring, or want to provide some input into how BU can best support your development as a researcher via mentoring.

We would also like to take this opportunity to advertise for a rep from the Faculty of Media and Communications which is currently the only faculty not represented by a RSA rep. Please contact us if you are interested.

We hope to see you on 24 November!






Yes it’s here again that joyful time of the year when we highlight and discuss all things open access. First up is a quick reminder…

There are two complementary mechanisms for achieving open access to research.

The first mechanism is for authors to publish in open-access journals that do not receive income through reader subscriptions.

The second is for authors to deposit their refereed journal article in an open electronic archive.

These two mechanisms are often called the ‘gold’ and ‘green’ routes to open access:

  • Gold – This means publishing in a way that allows immediate access to everyone electronically and free of charge. Publishers can recoup their costs through a number of mechanisms, including through payments from authors called article processing charges (APCs), or through advertising, donations or other subsidies.
  • Green – This means depositing the final peer-reviewed research output in an electronic archive called a repository. Repositories can be run by the researcher’s institution, but shared or subject repositories are also commonly used. Access to the research output can be granted either immediately or after an agreed embargo period.

Article first published – http://www.hefce.ac.uk/rsrch/oa/whatis/

To encourage all academic communities to consider open access publishing, Authors Alliance has produced a comprehensive ‘Understanding Open Access‘ guide which addresses common open access related questions and concerns and provides real-life strategies and tools that authors can use to work with publishers, institutions, and funders to make their works more widely accessible to all.

To access and download the guide, please follow this link – http://authorsalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/Documents/Guides/Authors%20Alliance%20-%20Understanding%20Open%20Access.pdf

More information on Open Access Week and activities happening across the world can be found here –https://www.openaccessweek.org/

BU International Open Access Week – Open for Climate Justice – 24 to 30 October 2022

Join us this week in celebrating the 2022 International Open Access Week at BU. Open Access Week 2022 is an opportunity to join together, take action, and raise awareness around how open can be a means for climate justice.

There will be a series of exciting communications and events happening across the week, so read on to find out more!

  • Daily blog posts on the Research Blog highlighting the different elements relating to open access at BU and why it matters!
  • An OA Daily Riddle competition will be launched on each day on the Research Blog; with a chance at winning a £20 Amazon voucher!
  • Featured articles by BU academics on the theme of climate justice
  • An online OA information session jointly organised by RDS and BURO on 24th October (Monday) at 2pm – Click here to join the session!
  • Available templates for BU staff to download and use as teaching template to highlight the International Open Access Week and what it means at BU

Open Access Week is an invaluable chance to connect the global momentum toward the open sharing of knowledge with the advancement of policy changes and the importance of social issues affecting people around the world. The event is celebrated by individuals, institutions and organizations around the world. So do join in to celebrate this important week and to make a difference!

The official hashtag of Open Access Week is #OAweek.

Research in metaverse for value co-creation and technology-enhanced experience.

Research in metaverse for value co-creation and technology-enhanced experience.


Professor Dimitrios Buhalis latest research focuses on Metaverse and is published in two recent high ranking publications.

Metaverse blends the physical and virtual worlds, revolutionizing how hospitality customers and hospitality organizations facilitate the co-creation of transformational experiences and values. Research aims to explore the opportunities and challenges that Metaverse introduces as part of the customer experience and value co-creation process and the potential transform of customer experience and value co-creation. Further research is planned to exploit the full potential of metaverse in value co-creation and technology-enhanced experience.


Buhalis, D., Lin, M.S. and Leung, D. (2023), “Metaverse as a driver for customer experience and value co-creation: implications for hospitality and tourism management and marketing”, International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Vol.35,  https://doi.org/10.1108/IJCHM-05-2022-0631

Dwivedi,. Y., Hughes, L., Baabdullah, A., Ribeiro-Navarrete, S., Giannakis, M., Al-Debei, M, Dennehy, D., Metri, B., Buhalis, D., Cheung, C., Conboy, K, Doyle, R., Goyal, D.P, Gustafsson, A., Jebabli, I., Young-Gab Kim, Kim, J., Koos; S., Kreps, D., Kshetri, Kumar, V., Oui, K., Papagiannidis, S., Pappas, I., Polyviou, A., Park, S., Pandey, N., Queiroza, M., Raman, R., Rauschnabel, R., Shirish, A., Sigala, M., Spanaki, K., Wei-Han Tana, G., Tiwari, M., Viglia, G., Fosso Wamba, 2023, Metaverse beyond the hype: Multidisciplinary perspectives on emerging challenges, opportunities, and agenda for research, practice and policy  International Journal of Information Management, Vol.66, October 2022, 102542,


Congratulations to Dr. Tsofliou & Prof. Appleton on latest interdisciplinary paper

Congratulations to BU’s interdisciplinary nutrition-behavioural sciences team that published the recent review “Barriers and Facilitators Associated with the Adoption of and Adherence to a Mediterranean Style Diet in Adults: A Systematic Review of Published Observational and Qualitative Studies” [1] in the journal NutrientsThe academics are based in two different faculties, namely the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences and the Faculty of Science & Technology, represented by Dr. Fotini Tsofliou and Prof Katherine Appleton respectively.  Two BU students (recently graduated) are also two co-authors: Dimitrios Vlachos (who completed the MRes) and Christina Hughes (MSc Nutrition & Behaviour).

This review which is Open Access includes all studies investigating barriers or facilitators to adopting or adhering to a Mediterranean style diet in adults aged 18 years old and over.  The paper identified  financial, cognitive, socio-cultural, motivational, lifestyle, accessibility & availability, sensory and hedonic and demographic factors. Similar barriers and facilitators are often reported in relation to healthy eating or the consumption of specific healthy foods, with a few exceptions. These exceptions detailed concerns with specific components of the MedDiet; considerations due to culture and traditions, and concerns over a cooler climate. Suggestions for overcoming these barriers and facilitators specific to adoption and adherence to the Mediterranean diet are offered. 

Well done!  nutrients-logo

Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen




  1. Tsofliou F, Vlachos D, Hughes C, Appleton KM. Barriers and Facilitators Associated with the Adoption of and Adherence to a Mediterranean Style Diet in Adults: A Systematic Review of Published Observational and Qualitative Studies. Nutrients. 2022; 14(20):4314. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu14204314