Guidance on Open Access

Guidance and training on how to meet Open Access requirements and getting support with Open Access publications can be found on the Open Access intranet page.

Open Access (OA) mainly applies to journal articles and conference contributions that have been published with an ISSN. There are two main routes to publishing OA: Green and Gold.

Gold OA: likely to require the up-front payment of article processing charges (APCs) to cover the costs of publishing in a fully OA or hybrid OA journal. Peer-reviewed journal articles and conference contributions published with an ISSN then appear online and can be accessed immediately for free, even without a journal subscription. APCs can range from hundreds to several thousand pounds per article.

Green OA: delivered primarily via self-archiving in an online repository such as Pure. Authors deposit the Author Accepted Manuscript (AAM) within Pure, although in some cases the publisher allows the final published form to be deposited. The deposited AAMs are often embargoed for a certain amount of time dictated by the publisher, before being made openly accessible. The majority of the University’s applicable research outputs are published as Green OA via the University’s repository (Pure).

The Library’s Information for Staff and Researchers webpage also contains general information on Open Access.


Guidance on Research Data Management (RDM)

Research data should be managed to the highest standards throughout the research data lifecycle as part of our commitment to research excellence with impact as expressed in the University Research Strategy. All funded (internal and external) research proposals must have RDM plans or protocols that explicitly address data capture, management, integrity, confidentiality, retention, sharing and publication. The University provides support, advice and information to researchers on all aspects of RDM, suitable infrastructure to facilitate the appropriate management, archiving and sharing.

A link to the RDM policy and information on how to manage the accessibility of datasets can be found on the research data management intranet page.