• Open Access

    Open access publishing

     Open access is a publishing model whereby research papers are available free of subscription charges. If you want to know more SHERPA has an excellent guide for authors - What is open access?

    Open access publishing is of growing importance to research funders too, since the publication of the Finch Report. It is now compulsory for the results of all research funded through the Research Councils UK (RCUK) to be published open access. The EU is said to be looking at requiring open access publication for its next round of research funding.   REF2021 has  a requirement for research outputs to be open access.


    Please see our factsheets for more information:

    Post REF 2014: open access

    Research funding bodies: open access


    How do I go about publishing my research on open access?
    There are two main routes to open access publishing: gold and green.

    Gold open access - Papers published in open access journals. There may be an ‘article processing charge’ (apc) to be paid by the author or research funder.   The Research and Innovation Office will be able to advise further on this.

    Green open access - Papers which may be pre-print or published in traditional, subscription-based journals and also deposited by the author in an institutional repository such as SEA (Solent Electronic Archive). Publisher copyright conditions may state certain restrictions, such as requiring an embargo period. The SHERPA RoMEO site was designed to help you find out what particular journal publishers allow.

    We encourage all researchers to consider depositing their work in SEA  particularly if you wish it be considered for the next REF.   We are happy to help you check what is and is not allowed by particular journals. Please contact your information librarian or email ir.admin@solent.ac.uk