Open access is the free, immediate, online availability of research publications, coupled with rights to use these publications fully in the digital environment subject to proper attribution. Generally, a user must be able to do the following free of publisher-imposed charge:
- Read the published paper in an electronic format.
- Search for and reuse the content of published papers with proper attribution.
Over time the UK Government intends that all publicly funded research outputs should be open access. For your work (or research outputs) to be eligible for the next REF you must:
- Deposit the output in a repository (institutional such as Open Research Exeter (ORE), shared service or disciplinary).
- Deposit the output no later than three months after acceptance.
- Deposit the accepted version (following peer review).
Benefits of open access
Open access can:
- Increase the number of citations for your paper.
- Enhance the visibility of your research as well as your research profile.
- Provide the public with access to publicly-funded research outputs.
- Allow researchers who work in universities in developing countries who cannot afford a journal subscription to access, share and advance research.