St George’s researchers: read on to find out how to make research open access, and how to win a £30 Amazon voucher…
There are two different ways to make your research articles open access: the green route and the gold route.
Green Open Access: What is it?
Green open access means making your research articles freely available via a subject or institutional repository (such as SORA, SGUL’s institutional repository), after any embargo period required by the publisher has passed.
What do I need to do?
When your article is accepted for publication, create a basic record in the CRIS (Current Research Information System for St George’s Researchers) and upload your author’s accepted manuscript to it. . (This is the version after any changes resulting from peer review, but before the publisher’s formatting and copy editing.) We will then check the record and apply any embargo period before making it live in SORA.
For more guidance, please log in to your CRIS profile and click on the Help tab at the top right hand side.
Gold Open Access: What is it?
Gold open access means making your research articles freely available on the publisher’s website when they’re published, usually under a license which allows for reuse.
What do I need to do?
Find out if the journal you’re publishing in has an open access option, and then see if you have any funding available to pay for it.
Some publishers offer discounts or waivers for SGUL researchers: check our page on open access fees to see if any of them apply to you.
If your research is funded:
RCUK and COAF (a partnership of six health research charities) have provided us with funds to make articles arising from that research open access. To find out if you’re eligible, see our website or email email@example.com
If your research is funded by another grant, check with your grants officer to see if there are any funds in it for open access publications.
If your research is unfunded:
Consider applying to our new Institutional Fund for open access publication fees – see the link on our open access webpage.
Open Access Week Competition
Win a £30 Amazon voucher: follow our Twitter account @sgullibrary to enter our competition on this year’s OA week theme “Open in order to…” – tell us why you think ‘Open’ is good. (See our blog post and Terms and Conditions for how to enter).