Open Access (OA) publishing enables scholarly, peer-reviewed articles to be made available more widely, supporting openness and transparency in research. Research funders in the UK and Europe have taken the position that publicly funded research is a public good that should be made openly available when legally, commercially and ethically appropriate.

In support of this the University has approved an Open Access Policy for Publications and Associated Data.

This policy applies to all peer-reviewed research outputs from public funded research, as well as to joint Research Councils UK (RCUK) and industry funded work where RCUK funding is acknowledged. Additionally, journal articles and conference proceedings accepted for publication after 1 April 2016 must be made OA to be eligible for submission to the post 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), subject to publisher or commercial embargos.

We provide lots of information and support to help you to understand the benefits of making your research OA on our Open Access Intranet site.

Information Specialists can help provide information and advice on:

  • publisher and journal policies relating to OA.
  • the differences between ‘green’ and ‘gold’ OA.
  • the processes for applying for and paying article processing charges.
  • research funder policies in relation to OA, as well as the next REF.
  • how to add your publication to the University’s CRIS system and the benefits of using ORCID to make your publications more visible.

If you have any questions about OA, then please get in touch with us in MIRC or the Kings Norton Library. Alternatively, check out the Open Access Intranet site.

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