Where can you publish Open Access?

Open Access Definitions

There are two routes to OA:

1. Green route

The research article is published in a conventional journal with a full-text version made publically available in an OA repository. Aberystwyth University (AU) has the Aberystwyth Research Portal, which enables this route. Please check SHERPA RoMEO to verify which version of the article an individual publisher’s copyright policy will allow for repository deposit.

Please note that specific Green Open Access embargo lengths exist for UK authors publishing in Elsevier journals. These are shorter than the standard Elsevier embargoes for Green Open Access deposit of articles and enable author compliance with UKRI Open Access Regulations.

The UK embargo list for Elsevier journals can be found at: https://www.elsevier.com/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/78473/EmbargoPeriods_2.pdf .  

There is also a listing of embargoes for journals from Taylor & Francis publishers at: http://authorservices.taylorandfrancis.com/journal-list/ which authors may find useful.  

Embargo details from both these journal listings are incorporated into the AU Journals Advisory pages.

If the targeted journal is not listed within this service, please contact openaccess@aber.ac.uk and the Open Access Group will investigate the journal’s policy on an individual’s behalf.


Open Access Versions

Below are the Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook’s definitions of pre-print and post-print versions of an article. These definitions will help you verify which version of your article needs to be uploaded when you create a record of the research output within PURE; our current research information system. After validation, the records are then transferred to Aberystwyth Research Portal.

pre-print is a version of the article before it has been peer-reviewed for publication. The term may refer either to articles at an early stage of preparation or to articles at the last stage before submission for peer-review. In the latter case the article is, of course, well-developed and ready for critical review and, if only minor revisions are needed as a result of peer review, a late-stage preprint may be very little different from the final article.

post-print is the final version of the article that the author sees before it is published. A post-print has been peer-reviewed and the changes and revisions required by the reviewers have been incorporated. It is identical to the published version except that the publisher will lay out the article in the house style, assign page numbers (if the journal is still published in print), add the publisher's logo, copyright details, and so forth. In content, however, the author's final post-print and the published version are effectively the same.


2. Gold/Hybrid Routes

Research can either be published in an OA journal - requiring payment of an article processing charge (APC) by the author, or published in a conventional journal with payment of APC to have the article made available without subscription. Payment of a publisher’s Gold Open Access APC charges enables a paper to be freely available to all readers on the publisher’s website without being restricted to subscribers behind a paywall. UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) have provided Aberystwyth University with block grant funding to support Gold Open Access for research derived from its funded projects. This includes funded student projects.

At its meeting in October 2016, the AU Research Committee agreed to a change in our policy for the allocation of UKRI funds to pay Gold Open Access Article Processing Charges (APCs) for AU-authored papers. From November 2016, our policy for the allocation of our UK Research & Innovation APC funds for payment of Gold Open Access charges will move to a first come, first served basis. This should enable broader usage of our APC funds for staff with UKRI funding across the university and improve the flow of our Gold Open Access spending.

The full UKRI Open Access rules can be viewed at: http://www.ukri.org/funding/information-for-award-holders/open-access-open-access-policy/.  Please note that UKRI Open Access funding is available for publications from any UKRI funded project, including RCUK/UKRI funded studentships.


Choice of Gold Open Access Re-Use Licences

Creative Commons (CC) re-use licences provide a useful facility for asserting the range of purposes to which information or data contained in a paper can be applied. The most liberal of these licences is the CC-0 license which places absolutely no limitations on future usage, not even a reference to the original creators. With the CC-BY licence, a requirement to acknowledge the original authors/creators in any new output is introduced, but there are no restrictions on commercial re-use, on creating derivatives from the original information or data, nor on the future licencing which may be applied to any derivative works. The CC-BY-NC licence (as referred above) does include a restriction on commercial re-use and forms the maximum licence limitation which UKRI will allow for compliant Green Open Access.  Further details regarding all the full range of Creative Commons re-use licences available, including CC-BY-NC-ND which places a ban on creating derivatives and CC-BY-NC-SA which states that any derivative works created must not have a more restrictive license than that applied to the original work, can be found at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/ 


Choosing a Journal to Meet Your Open Access Requirements

Guidance as to whether any particular publisher’s journals conform to the UKRI’s Open Access policy for Green Open Access can be found on the Sherpa website at http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/ . Our AU Journal Advisory tables give listings indicating whether individual journals meet UKRI OA conditions listed by AU Department and these can be accessed at: https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/research/good-practice/open-access/where/journal-advisory/


If you have any queries regarding whether any particular paper or journal will be eligible for the AU’s Article Processing Charge funding for Gold Open Access, please contact: openaccess@aber.ac.uk


Please note, individuals are personally liable for Gold OA charges unless they have funding pre-approved, either from the RCUK Block Grant or from within their Institute.



***Cambridge University Press read and publish agreement***

As part of the Library's 'Read and Publish' subscription deal with Cambridge University Press journals we have 7 pre-paid APCs for AU authors and further APCs will be discounted by 20%. Details of the agreement can be found on the following page. AU have Medium Open Access commitment:

For details on publishing via Open Access in Cambridge University Press journals:

***Institute of Physics Publications***

The University has a deal with IoP Publications covering more than 40 journals which they manage. This deal allows for unlimited APCs within those journals at no additional cost. A link to that journal list, together with further information about how this works can be found on this page: https://publishingsupport.iopscience.iop.org/questions/open-access-uk/

Although the deal also notes the possibility of discounted APCs covering a number of other journals, we currently have no central funds to cover these.

*** Sage Choice Open Access APC Discount Scheme ***

AU authors are now entitled to a discounted rate of £200 Article Processing Charges (APC) per article when publishing papers in Sage Choice and Sage Premier journals. You will be alerted to the fact that the Sage Choice option exists when you are sent an acceptance e-mail and again when you are sent the Contributors Agreement to authorise. Follow the link in either e-mail to the Sage Choice Invoice Template and indicate that you are entitled to the discount by entering "WHEEL2019" in the University/Institution Account Code field. Then return the completed Sage Choice Invoice Template form to the relevant Sage e-mail address as directed.  An invoice for the discounted fee of £200 will then be raised.

Please note that authors can not claim this discount retrospectively. The discount code must be indicated when first applying for the Sage Choice APC option.

A small number of Sage journals do not take part in this scheme and these are listed at: https://uk.sagepub.com/en-gb/eur/sage-choice-journal-and-pricing-exceptions


*** Wiley Open Access Deposit Account *** 

The AU library has opened a Wiley Open Access Account (WOAA) for Article Processing Charges (APCs) for all Wiley Online Open and Wiley Open Access journals. While funds are available AU corresponding authors will be advised of our WOAA account in their acceptance letters and should click on the "Select Online Open" option when they access the Author Services page.  Full instructions can be found at: https://authorservices.wiley.com/author-resources/Journal-Authors/licensing-open-access/open-access/onlineopen.html


*** APCs Pre-Paid for AU Papers Published in Springer-Verlag Hybrid Subscription Journals ***

Please note that the AU library has signed a new agreement with Springer that covers all Article Processing Charges (APCs) for articles published in Springer hybrid subscription journals.  Please see https://www.springer.com/gp/open-access/springer-open-choice/springer-compact for details of SpringerCompact deal and click on: http://resource-cms.springer.com/springer-cms/rest/v1/content/7476756/data/v5  for a listing of Springer journal titles which are eligible for the SpringerCompact deal).

This means that, with effect from 15th October 2015, you do not need to pay an APC to make your article open access in a Springer subscription journal, and that all papers using this agreement are automatically compliant with HEFC and UKRI researcher funders' open access requirements.  The agreement specifically relates to when UK higher education staff are acting as the corresponding author for a paper and does not apply when the corresponding author comes from outside UK higher education. Honorary members of staff and students are included in the agreement but alumni are not part of the agreement.  Original papers, reviews and brief communications papers are eligible.

If you have any queries on Gold OA or with any aspect of Open Access, please contact openaccess@aber.ac.uk