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Routes to open access

Routes to open access


You can make your work open access in an institutional or subject repository, without the need to pay open access charges. This is referred to as self-archiving or "green" open access

Most publishers allow you to archive your accepted manuscript in a repository, although they may place restrictions on access (an "embargo") and restrictions on how much you can archive e.g. only one chapter of a monograph. The University of Exeter's preferred route to open access is self-archiving in the institutional repository, Open Research Exeter (ORE). Upload upon acceptance, via Symplectic to ORE.

Publishing open access on the publisher website

When you choose to publish open access on the publisher website, your final full text will be open access immediately upon online publication with a licence guiding reuse such as one of the Creative Commons licences, e.g. CC BY. This may or may not involve payment to the publisher of a one-off open access fee, Article Processing Charge (APC) or Book Processing Charge (BPC) and is sometimes referred to as “gold” or open access. University of Exeter researchers can benefit from discounted or "no extra cost" open access publishing through agreements that we have in place with publishers.

Open access advice for academics

Professor Sabina Leonelli gives advice to academics considering making work open access. 'Green' open access (self-archiving) is available to all researchers and involves making the accepted manuscript open access in an institutional or subject repository. This is compliant with University policy, REF 2021 and many research funders. Some researchers may also have access to funding to pay for open access.

Green and Gold open access

An explanation of the two main routes to open access. 'Green' open access (self-archiving): making your accepted manuscript open access in a repository, 'Gold' open access: paying to publish the final version as open access on the publisher website. Other options also exist.