Open Access publishing has developed since publication outputs have
been available electronically. It refers to the
ability to access research freely via the web.
UEA's Open Access Policy
There are 2 common routes to Open Access:
route is to
self-publish via an institutional or subject repository.
The benefit of the green route
is that researchers
can still publish via their preferred journals, but can make a
version available via a repository which means the research is
available to individuals, and academics in the developing world,
and will comply with research funders requirements for Open
UEA has a digital repository
started by the library, and is populated via the Research and
Enterprise Office (REN).
route is to
publish in an Open Access journal, for which the author generally
pays a fee upfront, the Article Processing Charge (APC).
There is a misconception that OA journals may not have the same
rigorous editorial review process as subscription
journals. However, PLOS
have the same peer review as other journals, and PLOS ONE in
particular has achieved a prestigious reputation for its
Increasingly also ‘traditional’
publishers are producing Open Access journals – For
Lund university provides an online
that lists OA journals, only including
quality-controlled research papers.
There are also 'hybrid' options - publishers offer the author the
option to make an article open access within a subscription
journal, for payment of an APC.
Open access schemes
The University has memberships or accounts with some publishers
to help make articles open access, outlined below.
Please contact email@example.com with details
of your publication before submission to check that you are
BioMed Central: Pre-pay membership available to staff in
FMH. The publication must be judged 3*/4* and you must
have the agreement of your Research Institute Director that the
fund be used. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org before
submission with this information to request the code needed at the
BMJ: Pre-pay scheme for all BMJ publications, covering the full
cost of the article processing charge. This is only
available for RCUK-funded work.
Royal Society *: All UEA authors can claim a 25% discount on APCs
when choosing to publish in Open Biology and eight other Royal
Society journals. To claim the discount, identify yourself as part
of a member institution during the article submission
Royal Society of Chemistry: As subscribers to the RSC journals, UEA
has vouchers to make a limited number of articles open access for
free. If you are planning to submit an article to an
RSC journal, please contact email@example.com.
Wiley*: 25% discount on the article processing charge. To claim the
discount, identify yourself as part of a member institution during
the article submission process. Please note that your application
will need to be approved so please contact firstname.lastname@example.org before
*If you are not funded by RCUK you will need to pay for the
above costs from your grant or other means.
Much of the Open Access focus has been on journals, and has
somewhat excluded Humanities
, and to a lesser
extent, Social Sciences. However there is increasing
discussion on how to change this. For example, the
contains advice about writing for publication, and has a collection of posts
about Open Access.
Reasons to adopt open access:
- Much research is publically-funded, with the peer review
process also carried out by academics at no cost to the
publisher. It is therefore appropriate that it should
be made publically accessible to other researchers for example in
the developing world who may not have access to the subscription
- Many research funders now allocate funds on the understanding
that the research output will be made available via open
- Collaboration with other parties such as business or charities
can result if research is more openly available on the web
- There are wider cost savings identified in a report
- UK government is supporting a move to Open Access - HEFCE
requires Open Access submissions for articles to the next Research
Excellence Framework exercise
There are a number of Scoop.it pages
web posts about Open Access. See:
Access in the Humanities
Bristol University has written a couple of useful
who is a longtime academic supporter
of Open Access has recently published an explanatory text
An introductory chapter is available
can provide advice on copyright and
research support librarian is happy to discuss any
issues around Open Access that you may have.
There are some useful links here
for those who wish to know more.
Information last revised May 2014