What is Edinburgh Napier University’s policy on open access?

The university’s preferred route for making your research open access is the green route, as described in the institutional open access policy. This allows you to publish your research in your chosen journal and then make it open access by depositing the accepted version in the Edinburgh Napier research repository.

Do I need to add my research to Edinburgh Napier’s repository?

Yes! All Edinburgh Napier University researchers need to add their research to the Edinburgh Napier Research Repository as soon as it’s accepted for publication.

How do I add my research to Edinburgh Napier’s repository?

You can self-deposit your research in the repository – go to the research repository and use your normal University network details to log in. General information and guidance can be found in this Research Profiles and Outputs guide created by colleagues in RIE. If you have any questions, email repository@napier.ac.uk.

What do I need to do when my article is accepted for publication?

Act on acceptance! The really important things you must do is to keep the evidence of acceptance for publication, which is usually an email confirmation. Then immediately deposit your work in the repository and also send the evidence of acceptance for publication to repository@napier.ac.uk so your work is eligible for the next REF.

How do I decide between the green and gold routes?

Good question! The university’s preferred route is Green, unless your journal is covered by an open access publisher deal. The choice you make can have implications for publishing your research so have a look at our Green and Gold page for more detailed information.

What is an APC?

APC stands for Article Processing Charge. Some publishers charge authors an APC to publish a paper and make it immediately open access on the journal website. If a journal is covered by an open access publishing deal, no extra fees are required. Have a look at our Green and Gold page for more information.

How do I find out more about my funder’s policy on open access?

Just check the Sherpa Juliet website by searching for your funder’s name or check out our funding page for more information.

Who’s behind this Open Access blog?

We’re a small group of Edinburgh Napier University library staff who have created this Open Access blog site to help researchers at this University.