This LibGuide will introduce the basics of Open Access, provide a link to the AECC University College Repository and provides support and information for researchers planning to submit to the REF 2021.
Open Access is about making research freely accessible to all. It allows research to be disseminated quickly and widely, and facilitates increased use and understanding of research by business, government, charities and the public. Open Access research has clear re-use rights that allow people to build upon and develop research.
There are two routes to Open Access; Green and Gold.
There are many reasons to make your work available via Open Access, including:
The Report of the Working Group on Expanding Access to Published Research Findings, which was led by Dame Janet Finch and published in June 2012 concluded that open access is the best way to expand access to published research findings. The report provides some background to the development of open access publishing in Higher Education.