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 scholarly work available online to everyone regardless of their ability to pay for access.
There are two types of Open Access, Green and Gold - see Green and Gold OA for more information
You can make your research Open Access by following the Green or Gold route.
In the first instance, you should self-archive your accepted manuscript in a repository, such as our Leeds Beckett institutional repository. This fulfills the HEFCE REF requirements and ensures your work is OA.
You may also pay an Article Processing Charge to make your published work OA.
Please fill in the form at the bottom of the screen to see which is best for you.
New requirements from HEFCE require all publications to be self-archived in a repository at the point of acceptance (Green OA) in order to be eligible to be submitted to the next REF
Once your article has been accepted for publication in any journal you should update your Symplectic account and upload the relevant version. This is self-archiving in our institutional repository.
Some journals only allow Gold OA publishing. This means that once your article is published it will be immediately free for any to access on the publisher’s website (rather than under embargo in a repository).
The business model of such journals is often based on charging an Article Processing Charge (APC) to authors and/or institutions and/or funders - see our APC help guide for more information.
Even when an APC has been paid for Gold OA , you should still upload the published version to our repository as soon as it becomes available.
If you need any help in choosing your OA route then please get in touch.
Yes. If you wish to publish in a gold OA journal and where you do not have funding from an external source, you can apply for funding to cover the cost of an APC by completing this form and returning to your Director of Research - download Open Access APC Funding Request form (Word.docx).
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.