Open Access News June 2013

             Wellcome Trust OA Policy Extended

    The Wellcome Trust has announced that its Open Access (OA) policy will be extended to include scholarly monographs and book chapters authored or co-authored by Trust grant-holders that arise as part of their grant funded research.

    At present the Trust’s Open Access policy only applies to research papers that have been accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. These must be made available through Europe PubMed Central (Europe PMC) within six months of the journal publisher's official date of final publication.

    The extended policy will apply from October 2013 to all new grant-holders (i.e. those who were awarded a grant on or after 1 October 2013), and from October 2014 to all existing grant-holders.  For further information on the policy change, see the Wellcome Trust’s Monograph and Book Chapter FAQ.

    Remember that if you need to publish a Wellcome Trust-funded research paper on paid-for (or Gold) Open Access, you can apply for funding to do so. See How to apply for Open Access funds for details. The University has been granted an additional £20k by the Wellcome Trust to cover the cost of paid Open Access until the end of September 2013 when the new Wellcome Trust annual block grant will become available.

            Uploading research papers to ORE

    Since RCUK and University OA policy came into effect on 1 April 2013, copies of over 224 research papers have been deposited into the institutional repository, Open Research Exeter (ORE).

    If you haven’t started uploading copies of your research papers into ORE, now’s the time to start! You will get a permanent identifier for your research paper, which you can use to link to the paper from your personal webpage. In addition, if your departmental website is set up to interact with Sympletic the publications page of your University profile will automatically be updated with the link to the full text version of your paper in ORE.

    So, how do you go about uploading papers to ORE? Researchers should use the Repository Tools feature in Symplectic (see guide) and upload:

  1. RCUK-funded papers submitted for publication after 1 April 2013.
  2. Publications submitted for REF 2014.
  3. Publications submitted for ROM 2013 where different.
  4. Other peer-reviewed research papers.

    Your Subject Librarian will help you upload your REF and ROM papers to ORE, check for copyright issues and place the correct embargo on your paper if necessary.

Gold Open Access Discount Schemes

    The University has institutional membership with 3 organisations which provide a discount on the Article Processing Charges (APC) when you publish your article on Gold OA in one of their journals:
  • BioMed Central – 15 per cent APC discount for any articles published in BioMed Central, Springer Open or Chemistry Central titles.
  • PLoS (Public Library of Science) – 10 per cent APC discount for all PLOS journals: PLOS Biology, PLOS Medicine, PLOS Computational Biology, PLOS Genetics, PLOS Pathogens, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, and PLOS ONE.
  • Royal Society – 25 per cent APC discount for Open Biology and eight other Royal Society journals. 
    To claim the discount, identify yourself as part of a member institution during the article submission process.

Top Tip: Green OA IS an option!

    We have heard reports that some publishers (for example, Elsevier and Taylor and Francis) are presenting paid-for (or Gold) Open Access as the only option during the article submission process.

    However, free Green Open Access (via the deposit of a copy of your article onto ORE) is an option. In fact, the University promotes the Green route to OA as the standard method of making peer-reviewed research outputs accessible to the public.

    Remember to check that you can comply with your funder’s policy on OA embargo periods if you follow the Green route. You can find out more about publishers’ OA policies on the SHERPA/RoMEO site or ask your Subject Librarian for help.

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