During International Open Access week I thought it might be timely to revisit Open Access publication and remind everyone about what it is and why it’s important.
Open Access publication increases the impact of your research, gives you a wider audience, and can be read wherever anyone has an internet connection regardless of whether the reader has access to journal subscriptions or money to pay for articles.
HEFCE has mandated that to be eligible for inclusion in the next Research Excellence Framework (REF), all journal articles and papers within conference proceedings published with an ISSN since April 1 2016 should be Open Access and deposited in an institutional or subject repository.
Research outputs can be published Open Access in two main ways, the Green route and the Gold route. The Green route involves depositing a version of a research output into a subject or institutional repository. Manchester Met has a publications repository called e-space. The version you can deposit varies from publisher to publisher but is typically the ‘author accepted manuscript’. This version has been peer-reviewed and contains final corrections, but has none of the formatting (volume and issue, page numbers, logos etc) of the final published version.
The Gold route usually involves payment of a fee to publish, the ‘article processing charge’ or APC. Manchester Met currently provides funding to cover this charge, subject to support from Faculty Heads of RKE. Applications to the fund can be made via the online form on the Library’s Open Access guide: http://libguides.mmu.ac.uk/openaccess/apcform
If you do not wish, or are unable, to pay for gold Open Access you should go via the green route, or publish in a quality Open Access journal that doesn’t charge an APC.
Both routes at Manchester Met involve depositing your output into the University’s research management system, Symplectic Elements. From there it will be pushed through to e-space where it will be reviewed by Library Staff to ensure that the data is correct and that the version of the output can be put into a repository.
If you have any questions about Symplectic, please contact the RKE Systems team RKE-Systems@mmu.ac.uk
If your question is about e-space, particularly about the version of your output, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Research Support Librarian