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Open Access

What is Open Access

Open Access is the process of making the outputs from 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 be more visible, collaborate with others in their field and have their work disseminated globally. It also ensures that the research landscape becomes more equitable. Open Access can ultimately lead to research achieving meaningful impact on society. 

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

Dr. Rhiannon Jones on UDORA and Open Access

Professor Tristram Hooley on Open Access for Researcher Benefit

Gender Equality in Open Research - Open Access Week 2020 Event

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