What is Open Access?
Open access (OA) means making research publications freely available so anyone can benefit from reading and using research.
Open access can be more than making research available to read, but also allowing others to re-use that research. For example, allowing the content to be analysed using text mining or reused for commercial purposes. Research data is also increasingly made available openly.
Open access is part of a wider ‘open’ movement to encourage free exchange of knowledge and resources in order to widen access and encourage creativity.
Types of open access publishing
Gold open access
Some journals contain only open access articles whereas others, known as hybrid journals, may offer a mix of open and subscription content. In both cases, there are costs associated with publishing which need to be met.
These costs, usually paid through article processing charges (APCs), may be paid by authors or subsidised by a third party such as a funding council. The article is made available immediately. This route is known as gold open access.
We have a Research Council Block grant that can support gold open for articles that are produced as a part of a Research Council funded grant.
We also have a number of deals with specific publishers:
- Springer free
- IEEE 25% discount
- Taylor and Francis up to 75% discount
- Wiley 25% discount
Green open access
Green open access involves publishing in a traditional subscription journal as usual, but articles are also 'self-archived' in a repository (Pure) and usually made available after an embargo period set by the publisher. No charges are paid.
If publishing under this route you must ensure that you deposit the author accepted manuscript (AAM) within 3 months of acceptance in Pure. Don’t worry about the embargo details or licensing the Pure Research Outputs Team will do all this checking for you. But if you have any questions please email email@example.com and we will be happy to help.
Meeting the right requirements
Research and publishers funders may have different requirements.
Jisc have a SHERPA service that can help you identify these policies.