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Getting published: A guide from journal writing to academic impact: Open Access

Open Access: unlock your research


Give it to me straight.
When access to research is restricted to subscription-holders, or by licenses preventing use for further research, i.e. text mining and data analysis, that work cannot achieve its maximum or timely readership and impact. Open Access research is free to read, download and use for any lawful purpose. 

In the video below, Professor Tristram Hooley explains why Open Access is useful for researchers and readers, and how he makes his research openly available.


Will Open Access effect my citation count?
Research has shown that Open Access journal articles gain from an uplift in citations. The impetus of citation counts on success varies by discipline and, as mentioned in the introduction to this section, citations alone do not represent quality. However, research that is made freely available online has a larger global reach and potential readership.

OK, I'm convinced - now how do I do it?
There are different routes to choose to make published research Open Access legally and responsibly. The two most widely offered are:


The Green Route 

The author keeps a copy of their author accepted manuscript (AAM)

The AAM is the article version that includes any changes made after review, but before the publisher's typsetting and copyright statements are added.

The author deposits their AAM into their insitutional repository at their earliest opportunity. UDORA is the institutional repository at Derby.

An embargo is usually set by the publisher, which is accommodated for by the institutional repository. 

Advice and information on Green Open Access and UDORA is available from Lucy Ayre, Repository and Open Access Librarian.


The Gold Route

The publisher charges the author, or their institution, an Article Processing Charge (APC) when the article is accepted for publication. The APC can be approximately £0-£3,000.

If you are publishing with Springer or Taylor and Francis and are the corresponding author on the paper, the APC could be covered, either entirely or in part, by a voucher from the Library.

See the Open Access Agreements section of the Support for Researchers guide for more information.

Publishers will usually put a Creative Commons Attribution License on the article, which makes clear to the reader how the article can be re-used and shared.

Once the article is published it is freely available on the publisher's website.

The author can upload their final published article to their institutional repository.

Advice and information on Gold Open Access, APCs and Creative Commons Licenses is available from Lucy Ayre, Repository and Open Access Librarian.

All articles published in journals and conference proceedings with an ISSN must be made Open Access if they are to be eligible for the Research Excellence Framework (REF).  More on this in the Get Ready for REF section!