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|Open Access means that research outputs are made available online at no charge to the reader, and that any restrictions on re-use are minimised. The aim is to give researchers, members of the public, and industry access to all the research they need and to give them the freedom to build upon research already carried out. Open Access applies to all digital material, but current discussions focus mostly on peer-reviewed research articles published in scholarly journals or conference proceedings.|
The ‘gold’ route to Open Access consists of publishing in a journal that provides immediate Open Access on the publisher’s website, often after paying an Article Processing Charge (APC) to cover publication costs.
The ‘green’ route to Open Access (‘self-archiving’) consists of depositing the final peer-reviewed copy (‘post-print’) of an article in an institutional (SHU’s respository is called SHURA) or subject repository in parallel with conventional publication. Your deposit may be subject to a publisher’s embargo.
Funders and publishers acknowledge three phases in the writing of a manuscript. It is helpful to understand the different phases of a manuscript when you are considering Open Access as you will for example, need to deposit the ‘post-print’ version on SHURA.
The University’s policy for open access to publications: Academic Board endorsed a policy in 2014 that requires researchers to add a record of all publications to SHURA on acceptance and to deposit a copy as soon as possible afterwards. SHU Open Access publication policy
HEFCE REF policy for Open Access: This states that for the next REF, articles and conference papers (published with an ISSN) that are accepted after 1 April 2016 must be deposited into SHURA within 3 months of the date of acceptance. Open Access and the REF
Funders requirements for Open Access: For example, RCUK’s policy on Open Access states that all peer-reviewed research papers that acknowledge RCUK funding submitted for publishing from 1 April 2013 onwards, and that are published in journals and conference proceedings, must be made publicly available through Open Access. Funder Open Access requirements