Open Access

What is Open Access?
Open Access (OA) is about making research outputs freely accessible online at no charge to the reader, and with any restrictions on re-use 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.Sheffield Hallam University supports the principles of Open Access and is committed to making the outputs of its research as widely available as possible.
 
The benefits of Open Access
  • Opening up access: Traditional journal subscription models meant that access was restricted to those who can afford to subscribe or belong to an organisation that subscribes. With Open Access anyone can have access to research outputs.
  • Higher citation rates: The Open Access Citation Advantage Service identified 70 studies up to 2015 on whether or not there is a citation advantage for Open Access articles. Most studies (46) found a citation advantage, in some cases of up to 600%. Recent studies have confirmed this, for example a study by H. Piwowar et al. published on 2 August 2017.
  • Increased access and discoverability: Your work gets more exposure and collaborators, researchers, practitioners and the public, both nationally and internationally, can easily find and access it without any barriers.

Routes to journal Open Access: ´green´ and ´gold´

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.

OA-Overview

SHU Open Access policy

The University’s policy for open access to publications applies to all research conducted at the University.  Academic Board endorsed the policy in 2014.

  • Authors should deposit publications on SHURA on acceptance (this is done using Elements)
  • The copy will be made openly available in accordance with publishers’ agreements
  • The green route is preferred but there is a University Open Access Fund to pay for Article Processing Charges (APCs) when the gold route is more appropriate
  • Authors must acknowledge their institutional affiliation in full (Sheffield Hallam University), their source(s) of funding, and indicate where the underlying research data can be accessed
  • Read the full SHU Open Access publication policy
Open Access initiatives: Plan S, UK-SCL

Open Access is a fast moving area and there are several initiatives which are under development and may be of interest:

Coalition S and Plan S

Coalition S is an international consortium of research funders which includes the UKRI.

The coalition launched Plan S in September 2018. The ambition is that by 2020, publications which are publicly funded, will be published Gold Open Access in compliant journals or platforms.

Funders are currently considering how they will implement Plan S. We are therefore waiting for clarification and further detail.  The SHU Open Access and RDM Operations Group will be monitoring developments.

Further information can be found on the Coalition S website or please contact Dr Eddy Verbaan, Head of Library Research Support, Telephone: 0114 225 3802, Email: e.verbaan@shu.ac.uk

You may also wish to read the UKRI announcement.

 

UK Scholarly Communications Licence

The UK Scholarly Communications Licence (UK-SCL) is a model open access policy with a standard set of licence terms designed for adoption by UK HE Institutions.

Sheffield Hallam University is monitoring the development of the UK-SCL.

We are aware that some journal editors and authors may be contacted by publishers about the licence.

Further information can be found on the UK-SCL website or please contact Dr Eddy Verbaan, Head of Library Research Support, Telephone: 0114 225 3802, Email: e.verbaan@shu.ac.uk

Sharing your research outputs

As well as making your outputs Open Access, you may wish to share your published outputs through other routes, such as on social networks or when you receive a request from another researcher.  Please be aware that your publisher is likely to restrict where and how you can share your work and which versions you can use.  Find out more about sharing your research while considering what is allowed by your publisher.

Need help with Open Access?

Help with Who can help Contact
Elements, SHURA, Open Access routes, Funding for ‘gold’ Open Access and all general queries Library Services, Library Research Support Team library-research-support@shu.ac.uk
Publication strategies Unit of Assessment coordinators https://staff.shu.ac.uk/enterprise/research/REF2021.asp
Advice and guidance on funders’ terms and conditions Research and Innovation Office, Research Support Team researchsupport@shu.ac.uk
Advice and guidance on REF Research and Innovation Office, Research Support Team refsupport@shu.ac.uk