Open Access

During the session on ‘What you need to know about Open Access’ we had some questions, which we’ll try to clarify here.

Can self-funded researchers get help to publish through the Gold Open Access (OA) route?
Researchers who are self-funded can apply for Lancaster University Open Access funding once your article has been accepted. Alternatively you can use the Green route by depositing in an Institutional or subject repository, but you need to check SHERPA/RoMEO whether the journal publisher permits this.

Can you clarify HEFCE’s policy on Open Access publication in relation to the REF (Research Excellence Framework)?
HEFCE’s Circular 07/2014 gives a good overview of this new policy which states that:

“to be eligible for submission to the post-2014 REF, outputs must have been deposited in an institutional or subject repository on acceptance for publication, and made open-access within a specified time period. This requirement applies to journal articles and conference proceedings only; monographs and other long-form publications, research data and creative and practice-based research outputs are out of scope. Only articles and proceedings accepted for publication after 1 April 2016 will need to fulfil these requirements, but we would strongly urge institutions to implement the policy now. The policy gives a further list of cases where outputs will not need to fulfil the requirements.”

I’m not the principal author, but would like to publish through the Gold route. What should I do?
If there is a principal author of your research output, they should apply for any available funding from their own Institution. If you work in collaboration and there is no principal author you can apply for funding to you Head of Department.

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