You can make your work available as open access in an institutional or subject repository, without having to pay open access charges. This is referred to as self-archiving or "green" open access. The University of Exeter’s preferred route to open access is self-archiving in the institutional repository Open Research Exeter (ORE).

What is ORE?

Open Research Exeter (ORE) is the University of Exeter’s open access repository for storing, preserving and disseminating the research outputs of the University.

All research outputs produced by University of Exeter researchers should be uploaded to ORE, providing a showcase for the research activity of the University.

Items in ORE are highly discoverable, appearing in popular search engine results. Making your work available in ORE increases its visibility. Each publication in ORE has a unique persistent identifier (URI or handle), providing secure and permanent access.

Uploading to ORE

University of Exeter policy requires that all publications produced whilst employed at the University of Exeter are uploaded via Symplectic to ORESymplectic guides are available.

Upload your accepted manuscript upon (within three months of) acceptance, to ensure compliance with REF 2021 open access policy and to be eligible for submission to the REF.

Publishers often allow you to upload the accepted manuscript (following peer review and amendments) but not the final published PDF. You can check that the version you are uploading complies with publisher requirements in Symplectic at the point of uploading the file, or using SHERPA/RoMEO.

The publisher may specify a period of time before your paper can be made available in ORE - an embargo. Upload upon acceptance, Open Research will check that the file you uploaded is in line with what the publisher allows and will apply any embargo required. Whilst your publication is under embargo, the item record - including the abstract - will be discoverable but the full text cannot be viewed or downloaded. The embargo will run from the date of publication and lift automatically once the embargo period has passed.

Uploading to ORE may also meet the open access requirements of your funder of research. However, publisher-imposed embargos can conflict with funder requirements. If the journal embargo exceeds the maximum allowed by your funder, you may need to pay for open access in order to comply.

Self-archiving and the REF

REF 2021 open access policy applies to all journal articles and conference proceedings (with an ISSN) accepted for publication after April 2016.

In order to be eligible for submission to the REF,

  • The output must be deposited in a repository.
  • The output must be deposited no later than three months after acceptance.
  • The output deposited should be the accepted manuscript (following peer review).

To be eligible for submission to the REF, upload your accepted manuscript, upon (within three months of) acceptance, via Symplectic to the institutional repository ORE.

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