University of Salford Open Access Policy

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The University of Salford Open Access Policy, updated in February 2019, sets out open access publishing requirements for all research outputs produced by staff and postgraduate (PGR) students, including all peer-reviewed journal articles and conference papers authored or co-authored by our staff and PGR students and accepted for publication.

Under the policy staff and postgraduate research students must deposit journal articles or conference contributions in conference proceedings with an International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) into USIR at the point of acceptance for publication, and no later than three months after that date. The version of a paper that must be deposited is the author's accepted manuscript i.e. the final version submitted by the author(s) before they received formal acceptance for publication.

Wherever publishing contracts and copyright permit, and in all cases mandated by funder requirements, authors should make journal articles and conference contributions available under an open license, preferably a Creative Commons (CC-BY 4.0) license.

Researchers should also maximise the visibility, accessibility and use of other forms of research by making them available on an open access basis (e.g. data, monographs, PhD theses, video and audio files, code, tools and creative works). Outputs should be made available in USIR, the institutional research data repository or other appropriate repositories as soon as possible. This should be done in accordance with other appropriate requirements:

Researchers will also need to comply with the policies of all funders who have supported their research.