Open Access is about making research publications freely available, enabling the results to be read and built on by anyone.
Making your outputs Open Access maximises the public benefit and helps you to increase your readership, raise your profile. and increase your impact.
Without Open Access, your research outputs will only be available to readers with access through their institution, or who pay for a copy or a subscription.
The most common way to make your work Open Access is to make the final peer-reviewed manuscript (also known as the author's accepted manuscript) of your work available on SHU's institutional repository SHURA. This is known as Green Open Access or self-archiving.
How to self-archive your work
If you are a member of staff or a doctoral researcher at SHU, you can use Elements to deposit your research outputs on SHURA.
When you deposit your outputs on SHURA, the library will check the journal's policy and apply any required embargo.
You may wish to check a journal's self-archiving policy as part of choosing where to publish. SHERPA RoMEO can help you to find a journal's policy.
You can make your research more accessible by adding a plain language summary or abstract.
To find out more about plain language summaries, find guides to writing them and how to add them to Elements, have a look at these pages about Writing your manuscript.
Gold Open Access is when your publisher makes the final published version of the manuscript Open Access on their website.
How to publish Gold Open Access
Research whether Gold Open Access is possible in the journal you are considering publishing in:
If you want to publish Gold Open Access, investigate the costs involved for your chosen journal.
The library has several transformative deals (also called read and publish deals) with publishers which eliminate the cost to SHU authors in some or all of that publisher's journals. The Library also has deals with some publishers which reduce the costs.
Find out more about the Library deals with publishers and getting funding for Gold Open Access.
Make sure you have funding in place before committing to Gold Open Access.
It is important to be aware that some journals and publishers operate an exploitative business model (sometimes known as ‘predatory’) by charging Article Processing Charges without providing proper editorial and publishing services, such as peer review. The journals therefore lack academic rigour and credibility. Make sure you check the trustworthiness of any journal you are considering submitting your work to.
The Library's web pages about Open Access provide more information. For example about funder's Open Access requirements, the Open Access requirements for the next REF, and the SHU Open Access policy.
If you have any questions about Open Access, please contact the Library Research Support Team:
Call: (0114) 225 3852