Most research funders now expect your published findings to be freely accessible to others. The optimum ‘Gold’ route to open-access publishing will ensure the immediate unrestricted online availability of your paper, free of any cost to the reader (funded instead by article processing charges – APCs – paid by the author institution).
Authors taking the ‘Green’ route must archive a copy of the published manuscript (often called the post-print or author-accepted version) in an open repository (usually institutional or subject-based) such as the University of Birmingham Research Archive (UBIRA).
Here are our top tips to ensure you comply with open-access mandates:
• Check the policy of your research funder and your obligations on dissemination;
• Be as open as you can by putting everything online to maximise discoverability;
• Keep versions of your work, stored with meaningful names, for reuse;
• Be familiar with your publisher conditions and author rights outlined in the Copyright Transfer Agreements.
For additional guidance about publishing options then please contact the Digital Assets Unit in the Main Library.