What is Open Access?

Open access means making your research outputs freely available online. It is also a term used to describe a wider effort to make academic research available and accessible to the widest possible audience. 

How do I make my research Open Access? 

There are two major routes to Open Access: gold and green.  

The Gold Open Access route is also known as the 'pay-to-publish' OA option. This involves paying an additional cost (APC) to attach an 'open' licence to your article, typically a Creative Commons licence, which allows the version of record (i.e. the full, formatted article as it would appear in a journal) to be shared freely by anyone who meets the requirements of the licence.

The Green Open Access route is the alternative to pay-to-publish, 'gold' open access. This option makes the final text of a published paper (the 'Accepted Manuscript'), along with any original images, tables, etc., available on a subject or institutional repository, typically after an embargo period that follows the article's publication in a journal or on a journal site.

What is the RVC's policy on Open Access?

Any paper authored or co-authored by RVC staff must be made available on the RVC research repository. This can be the version of record, if gold open access has been arranged, or it can be the Accepted Manuscript, if using the 'green' route. It is the RVC's policy to support green open access for articles wherever possible, though immediate open access might be require to comply with UKRI and COAF funded research grants. Please get in touch with the library in case of any questions. 

This policy ensures that the College's research is widely and freely available, and also eligible for submission to the Research Excellence Framework based on the REF Open Access policy. Please notify us of acceptances, and attached your final accepted manuscript as a Word document, at publicationsrepos@rvc.ac.uk after receiving notice of publication. 

For the college's full policy on Open Access, please see the RVC Open Access policy (.docx file)

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