The University’s preferred route for making your research open access is the Green route. This allows you to publish your research in your chosen journal without having to pay an APC. You then make it open access by depositing the author accepted manuscript and also the evidence of the acceptance for publication, in the Edinburgh Napier Research Repository.
There are a number of things you need to start thinking about before you start your research. Take a look at the Decision Tree we’ve created to help you through the whole process from pre-research to published paper.
Good question! The university’s preferred route is Green. 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.
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. Have a look at our Green and Gold page for more information.
Funders may include an allocation to cover APCs. However, for your work to be eligible for REF2021 it must also be deposited in an open access repository and any embargoes or closed access periods must meet the requirements of HEFCE’s policy on open access.
Here are some handy tools to help you find the information you need:
- Check your research funder’s open access policy using SHERPA/Juliet.
- Check if the journal you want to publish in complies with your funder’s open access requirements using SHERPA/Fact.
- Use SHERPA/RoMEO to find out your publisher’s policy on self-archiving articles in open access repositories and the web.
- Check SHERPA REF to see if the journal you would like to publish in allows you to comply with open access requirements for REF.
Have a look at the Ready to publish checklist on the open access Decision Tree. Check your funder’s policy on open access and check the journal you wish to publish in to see if they offer open access. You can do this using the Sherpa suite of websites:
Act on acceptance! The really important things you must do is to keep the evidence of acceptance for publication, which could be a letter or email. Then you must immediately deposit your work in the Repository and also send the evidence of acceptance for publication to email@example.com so your work is eligible for REF2021.
We’ve created a handy Post-acceptance Checklist to help you make sure you’ve done all the other things you need to do when your article is accepted for publication.
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.