Publisher offset deals for gold open access

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The gold route to open access requires authors to pay an article processing charge (APC) to a publisher upon acceptance of their article, allowing the publisher to make the article freely available for anyone to read under a creative commons license.

The library manages a series of offset deals with certain publishers which allow UWE Bristol researchers to publish their work through the gold route to open access with reduced (or free!) APCs.

  • Taylor and Francis have a voucher scheme, entitling UWE Bristol authors to a limited number of discounted APCs.
  • Springer allows UWE Bristol authors to have their articles made open access in their hybrid journals, without payment of an additional publication fee.  A full list of eligible journals can be found on the Springer Open Choice webpage.
  • Sage offers UWE Bristol authors a discounted APC of £200 (from SAGE Choice Scheme) in their hybrid journals.
  • Open Library of the Humanities (OLH) offers UWE Bristol authors free open access publishing in their hosted journals. OLH is funded through a model of library partnership subsidies of which UWE Bristol is a member.

If you are planning to publish with any of these publishers (or you are considering where to publish your next article) you can find more information about applying for these deals on the library website.


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ACE Creative Skills Week

I (Charley) am going to be taking part in the Creative Skills Week for ACE staff taking place over the next few days.

  • On Friday 22nd June at 10:30 at Bower Ashton campus I will be doing a short presentation session billed as ‘Meet your research support librarian’. this will be a chance to get an overview of the ways in which the Research Support team can support researchers and PGRs, and will feature (fingers crossed for technology working) our new team animated video!
  • On Monday 25th June I will be at Bower Ashton campus again, available for drop-in questions and chats. Come along with any specific questions about how we can help you with your research.

Come along and find out more about the team!

Options for open access publishing

Confused about how to make your work available open access? We have created a new guide showing the different routes available to UWE Bristol researchers, and it is available as an easy-to-follow poster (click on the poster to see it larger):

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The poster outlines the routes to open access via the gold and green routes.

  • The gold route to open access is achieved through paying an article processing charge or publishing in a journal where we have an offset agreement – this means your work will be immediately publicly visible.
  • The green route to open access is achieved by freely uploading your work to the UWE Research Repository, where it can (usually) become publicly visible after an embargo period.

Both are routes to open access, and all items should be added to the Research Repository regardless of whether they are already published via gold open access.

For more information, read the poster, contact us, and check out the Library webpages.

Tips for finding a suitable journal

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  • Talk to peers about where they publish.
  • Think about the reach of the journal and who is your target audience.
  • Look where others in your field are publishing using SCOPUS document search and Analyse results feature. For known authors, you can use the author search.
  • Check out the SOURCES feature in SCOPUS to identify potential journals. A handy tutorial is available to help compare journals.
  • Beware of predatory journals contacting you to publish with them. Check on DOAJ – the Directory of Open Access Journals – to see if it is registered.
  • Once you have found your target journal, check the requirements on the author’s guidance pages.
  • The journal may allow open access publishing by either the green or gold routes. If you decide to publish your work via the gold route you will need funds to pay an APC. The target journal may contain a mix of open and subscription only access publishing (this type of journal is a hybrid journal).
  • If you are in receipt of a grant from one of the UK Research Councils, you can access the RCUK block grant.
  • If you are member of the Faculty of Environment and Technology, you can apply to access the Pilot fund for open access publishing costs.
  • Springer offer UWE authors the option to publish open access free of charge in their open choice titles as part of our subscription package
  • If you have chosen to publish in an Open access only journal, check if they require payment of an Article Processing Charge. You may need to choose a different target journal if you don’t have the funds to pay any required APC to the publisher.

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