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.

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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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