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Support for Researchers at the University of Derby

What is Open Access

Open Access is the process of making academic research freely available online.

 "free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself."

Openness and sharing of research enables researchers to get noticed and have their work disseminated globally. Open Access can ultimately lead to the research achieving meaningful impact on society.

Dr. Rhiannon Jones on UDORA and Open Access

Professor Tristram Hooley on Open Access for Researcher Benefit

Professor Paul Weller on Open Access for Institutional Benefit

Dr. Mark Faghy on submitting a digital thesis to UDORA

Open Access: What can be achieved?

How do I make my research Open Access?

There are two primary ways to publish a paper as open access; Green Open Access and Gold Open Access

Green Open Access, sometimes called self archiving, is achieved by posting the article preprint or postprint into an institutional or subject repository, usually after an embargo period, with no payment of costs.

Gold Open Access allows immediate access to the published article in a subscription journal or an Open Access journal. This immediate access is usually achieved by payment of a fee (Article Processing Charge or APC) to the publisher, from the author, their employer, or their funder.
If you want to upload an article to Derby's institutional repository (UDORA) please contact and you will be registered with an account. You will also be given guidance on how to submit. See also our guides on the UDORA section of this guide.
Most publishers have conditions about which version of a journal article (pre-print, post print or publisher's version) you are able to deposit in a repository. SHERPA/RoMEO can be used to check which version your publisher will allow to be deposited in an institutional repository.

Open Access Glossary

Article Processing Charge (APC)  the fee that is paid to the publisher by the author, their employer or their funder to allow immediate (gold) Open Access
Creative Commons Licence a system of licensing that allows copyright owners to specify different levels of rights protection for their work
Double dipping  an institution pays twice for a Open Access journal article; firstly through the institutional subscription and secondly the APC if an author wishes to make their particular article open access
Embargo period the length of time before a publisher will permit the posting of the postprint of an article into an Open Access repository. See Sherpa/Romeo for more details of embargo dates for individual journals
Institutional repository  an Open Access archive, organised and maintained by a higher education institution, giving access to the research outputs of staff within that institution. UDORA is the institutional repository at Derby.
Post Print or accepted manuscript. The version of the paper which has been through peer review and has been accepted for publication. See Sherpa/Romeo for details of which version of the article you are able to upload for a particular journal/publisher
Preprint  or author original/author version. The version of the paper as submitted to a journal for peer review. See Sherpa/Romeo for details of which version of the article you are able to upload for a particular journal/publisher