Open Access (OA) means that items of scholarly work are made available online, in a digital format, at no charge to the reader and with limited restrictions on re-use.
The OA movement is a worldwide effort to make research available online for everyone, regardless of their ability to pay for access
Why this matters:
You can make your research Open Access (OA) by following the Green or Gold model of OA, so please consider this whilst you are planning which journal to submit to
By choosing the Green model, your article gets published in a journal which universities and others can subscribe to, thereby gaining access to your research, but the general public won't have access to your published version. To make it OA, you have to upload the accepted manuscript of your article in Symplectic and the Research Services Team will make it available in the Leeds Beckett Repository. From the Repository members of the public can access your research and it will appear high on search engine results.
Alternatively, you can use the Gold model, whereby the institution pays an Article Processing Charge (APC) which makes it immediately free for anyone to read online upon publication.
Whichever model you use, you should upload your accepted manuscript in Symplectic, as this will ensure it is saved in the Leeds Beckett Repository and checked by the team. This fulfills the HEFCE REF requirements and ensures your work is OA.
Your work is your own and you can choose where you publish it, however you must also bear in mind any costs your choice creates for Leeds Beckett.
The Green model is favoured by HEFCE for the REF as it requires no upfront fees to be paid by the researcher or the institution.
The Gold model requires a fee in the form of an Article Processing Charge (APC) to be paid before publication. This can be a large amount of money, so the Director of Research must authorise this payment before submission to the journal.
Many journals now use a Hybrid model, meaning the researcher chooses whether to use the Green or Gold model for their article. If this an option for you, you are recommended to choose Green unless there is a specific reason to choose Gold. Please speak to your Director of Research or contact us if unsure
If you wish to publish in a Gold OA journal and you do not have funding from an external source, please contact your Director of Research to discuss possible funding. If they are happy for you to proceed, complete the APC request form and send it to them to sign.
Many funding bodies now insist that scholarly work arising from their funding be made Open Access (OA). Funder policy information is available from SHERPA/JULIET
UK and EU research funders that currently have OA requirements are:
In addition Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) policy for open access in the post-2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) states that to be eligible for submission to the post-2014 REF, authors’ final peer-reviewed manuscripts must have been deposited in an institutional or subject repository on acceptance for publication.
For more information see our REF help guide.
Amy Campbell, Jennifer Bayjoo & Lucy Clark