Open Access Support for University of Nottingham Authors


Open Access increases the visibility and impact of research, making outputs more widely read, cited and used.

A wide variety of funding bodies now mandate open access to outputs of the research they support. All of the individual UK Research Councils make it a requirement of grant that authors make their outputs available in this way. HEFCE makes open access to articles and conference papers a condition of eligibility for submission to the next REF. Many other research funders, like the Wellcome Trust, have similar policies.

There are two means of making material available open access. The “gold” route, often involving an up-front fee, is to publish in a fully open access online journal, or one of the many established hybrid journals that offer an open access option. (RCUK funds gold open access to publications arising from research it supports, as do charities within the COAF partnership.) The alternative “green” route, which is fee-free, is to deposit a duplicate of the publication in an online open access archive, such as Nottingham ePrints.

The University of Nottingham is committed to supporting staff in exploiting open access opportunities to the full. Further information, including funding options and help with the process of deposit in Nottingham ePrints, may be found on the library webpage here.