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Research Data Management

Self-archiving (green open access)

Research outputs can be made available as open access in an institutional or subject repository. This is referred to as self-archiving or "green" open access and can increase the visibility of your work, without the need to pay open access charges.

The University of Exeter's preferred route to open access is self-archiving in the institutional repository ORE.

Items in ORE are highly discoverable, appearing in search engine results. Each publication in ORE has a unique persistent identifier (URI or handle), providing secure and permanent access.

Uploading to ORE

All publications produced whilst at the University of Exeter should be uploaded via Symplectic to ORE.

Symplectic guides are available.

If upload via Symplectic is not possible e.g. postgraduates, upload directly to ORE.

Upload the accepted manscript, upon acceptance, to ensure compliance with REF 2021 open access policy.

Publishers often allow you to upload the accepted manscript (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 your upload and 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. 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.

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