Publishers have been responding generously to support schools and higher education institutions forced to adapt to remote teaching following closures due to COVID-19. PLS is pleased to be able to complement those individual initiatives through temporary adjustments to both the schools and HE collective licences administered by Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA). This is only possible as a result of the support and co-operation of educational publishers and the endorsement of the PLS Board.
For more details of adjustments to the schools and HE collective licences and your opportunity to comment click Read more below.
The Digital Content Store is a workflow tool developed by CLA that helps more than 120 licensed Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to manage and automate the process of reporting use of the HE Licence.
To participate in the consultation, and to read the minutes and presentation click 'Read more' below. Please note that this page is password-protected and is accessible to publishers signed up with PLS only. You will need to log in to your PLS Account first.
The consultation will end on 15th April 2020.
“Authentic hope” was a key phrase in Guardian Editor Katharine Viner’s presentation to a lively BookBrunch breakfast briefing on 28 November.
She was introduced by PLS Chief Executive Sarah Faulder who welcomed senior figures in the publishing industry to our Shackleton House office. Her talk was the third BookBrunch Breakfast Briefing that PLS has sponsored, following Kwame Kwei-Armah and John Kampfner.
Katharine Viner (on left) with PLS Chief Executive Sarah Faulder
‘Llama antibodies’, ‘Chronic fatigue syndrome’ and ‘Electromagnetic radiation’ amongst terms most frequently searched in libraries
Public library users search for an eclectic range of topics when using the Access to Research free online search. The service enables any user in a participating public library to search directly for and print out a copy of any of the more than 15 million journal articles that publishers make available through their participation. The free service is only available in public libraries. 85% of public libraries in the UK currently offer access to the service.
Analysis of the top 20 search terms by month nationwide for 2018 has thrown up an idiosyncratic list of interests, in addition to the perennial concerns of health, history and science. Medical ailments are well represented (‘Caesarean nerve damage’ and ‘Effect tuition fees have on students’ mental health’) but there is also room for the somewhat specialized (‘Llama antibodies’ and ‘Ragwort’).
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PLS is working in partnership with the UK’s four higher education funding bodies and publishers in order to facilitate secure electronic access to journal articles and other research outputs for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021.
The agreement will reduce the burden for researchers submitting outputs for assessment and provide assurance that outputs are handled in accordance with copyright.
It will also increase efficiency for the REF assessment panels and save public money that would otherwise have been spent on fees.
PLS will facilitate electronic access to up to 200,000 journal articles and other research outputs for assessment by more than 800 panellists across 34 units of assessment in the course of the REF 2021.
Date: Thursday, 7 May 2020
(3:00 pm - 4:00 pm BST)
Timing: One hour including a chance to ask questions
Our Permissions team will be presenting a full demonstration of PLSclear. This webinar is ideal for publishers interested in signing up to PLS Permissions and those who are already signed up but would like a refresh of how the system works. Learn how simple it is to make and manage requests using PLSclear as well as how to set up licensing settings for free and paid for requests. There will be a question and answer session at the end for specific questions.
The PLS Board has appointed Rosie Glazebrook as its new Chair with effect from 1 April 2019. She takes over from Mark Bide who retires at the end of May having completed six years in office. Like Mark, she will also become the co-Chair of the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA).
Rosie Glazebrook, who will be PLS’ first female Chair, is a Commissioner, Civil Service Commission, a Council Member of the General Optical Council and Chair of a Research Ethics Committee for NHS Health Research Authority. Before building her extensive non-executive career in the private, public and voluntary sectors, Rosie worked in the publishing world and is now a Trustee and Chair of the Development Board of Book Aid International.
PLS has moved office to London Bridge in central London. The new location - Shackleton House - is conveniently located for visitors, being opposite London Bridge main line and underground stations. As previously, the space is shared with CLA, ALCS and ERA.
Telephone numbers and e-mail addresses remain the same. The postal address is 5th Floor, Shackleton House, 4 Battle Bridge Lane, London SE1 2HX.
PLS sponsored a packed breakfast meeting at Barnard’s Inn on 27 September for senior figures in the publishing industry as part of the BookBrunch briefing series. PLS chief executive Sarah Faulder introduced Kwame Kwei-Armah, Artistic Director of the Young Vic theatre.