Open Access Publishing

Why Open Access?

Open Access is about increasing access to your published research and fulfilling the requirements of the Open Access policies published by HEFCE and other funders, including RCUK and The Wellcome Trust.

Benefits for you:

  • Greater exposure of your work, leading to more downloads and increased citations
  • Compliance with funding body Open Access policies
  • Permanent links to all of your research output

Benefits for the University:

  • A showcase for the research output of the University
  • Potential to increase research collaboration both internally and externally

Wider Benefits:

  • Contributing to the Open Access agenda by providing unrestricted access to your work
  • Increased access to publicity funded material

Green Open Access is the deposit of peer-reviewed manuscripts into an Open Access repository. Publishers often have a required embargo period, which must expire before the manuscript can be made publicly available. Embargo periods differ in length from 6 - 36 months and vary in subject fields and this will affect when your manuscript will be able to be viewed and accessed. We can help you to find out how a publisher’s embargo might affect you.

What does self-archiving mean for you?

  • Upon acceptance log into USIR and deposit your author accepted manuscript (AAM)
  • The USIR team will check the publisher copyright policy for you and make the paper available in USIR after the embargo period expires.

It will:

  • increase in the availability and visibility of your work
  • remove the need to pay Open Access charges

Free access to the final published versions of articles, immediately on publication. The publisher requires an Article Processing Charge (APC) which includes Open Access charges.

The Gold route to open access is also known as the author pays model. Papers are made immediately available for download from the journal website, at no cost to the reader. Costs are either recouped by the publisher by other means, or they will request that an Article Processing Charge (APC) be paid by the author, or the author's institution, upon acceptance for publication.

What does this mean for you?

  • Provides immediate access to journals as soon as they are published
  • Meets the requirement of certain funders.

The University has an Open Access Support fund that can help you pay for an Article Processing Charge once your paper has been accepted.