How do I?
How do I make my research Open Access?
There are two main routes to Open Access – Green (free, via repository deposit) and Gold (pay-to-publish, via publishers):
Green free route: Lancaster University supports the Green (free) method of Open Access as the institutional cultural norm. Under Green open access, researchers deposit their paper (as soon as it has been accepted) in Lancaster University's PURE Research Information System and also a relevant subject repository if desired. The funder will set out the period after the completion of the research during which this must be done. Researchers should deposit the Author Accepted Manuscript of an article in the repository.
Gold pay-to-publish route: this involves researchers paying the journal publisher a fee (commonly known as an Article Processing Charge). On payment of the APC, the publisher then provides free online access to the article. Lancaster University Library has entered into many Read and Publish agreements that allow the Lancaster corresponding author to publish at no cost to themselves - see criteria for these agreements.
Pure Open Access journals may be found in the listing on the Directory of Open Access Journals website.
Funding for open access charges may be available. Please see the Funding page for information.
If you have any further queries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- How do I license my research?
Document versions explained
In most cases you won't be permitted to upload the final publisher's version into PURE. Please check the publisher's policy. A detailed analysis of publisher policies for each journal can be found at the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
Usually you will deposit the Author Accepted Manuscript (AAM)/post-print.
Author Accepted Manuscript/Post-print
Many more publishers are willing to allow a post-print version (or accepted version) of the article to be deposited in a repository.
A post-print version of a research paper is the version that has been submitted to the publisher, peer reviewed, and subsequently amended by the author in line with recommendations. The post-print version is usually identical to the version that will appear in the journal but without the publisher’s layout and formatting (over which the publisher retains copyright).
It is therefore essential that researchers retain the post-print version of their paper so that a copy can be deposited in our repository PURE, where this is permitted.
In addition, researchers should consider alternatives to the typical publisher’s agreement which will normally require the researcher to assign all copyright to the publisher. Signing such an agreement severely restricts subsequent use and reuse of the paper by the author.
View an example of a full AAM on our repository.
A detailed analysis of publisher policies for each journal can be found at the SHERPA/RoMEOwebsite.
The publisher’s version of a paper is the version that appears in a journal including the publisher’s in-house formatting, layout and fonts, etc., as well as bibliographic details at the top or bottom of the page. Typically, publishers own copyright of the layout and formatting, and are very reluctant to allow the ‘publisher’s version’ to be deposited in a repository.
View an example of a full publisher's version of an article on our repository.
Date of Acceptance
The date of acceptance is the point at which the publisher notifies the author after all the academic alterations have been made. This is after the peer review process, but before the copy-editing and typesetting.
Remember, you can contact the Library for help and advice with any of the issues above: email@example.com.