There’s just 1 month to go until HEFCE open access policy* begins. Find out more and deposit at our Act on Acceptance page.
The Act on Acceptance message is gradually percolating to all corners of the university. Pretty much all departments and faculties have held or will shortly hold a briefing, prompting a continued steep rise in deposits to ORA. February was another record month, with over 1000 items coming in. ORA now has 18,000 full-text items available for immediate download. Usage of ORA has been rising steadily, with monthly downloads at an all-time high.
Researchers: What you can do to help the ORA team
Deposit the correct version of your article: the Author Accepted Manuscript (AAM), the final peer-reviewed version (when all changes made and ready to go). For copyright reasons it’s normally the author version, not a typeset version or publisher pdf, that you can deposit. Please visit our REF FAQ for more information.
What happens after deposit? The ORA team check copyright/licensing, create a record, and make the full-text available after the embargo. In due course you’ll receive a confirmation email with a link to the ORA record.
Training & help
There are 2 more briefings in March, for an Act on Acceptance update and how to deposit your work into ORA via Symplectic Elements. No need to book, and all welcome – not exclusively for Manor Road Building staff.
When: Wed 9th March, 15:00-16:00; Tues 15th March, 11:00-12:00.
Where: Manor Road Building, Seminar Room G.
Further briefings and drop-ins will be arranged for April and next term.
You can also contact your Subject Librarian or email our Open Access Team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
*The policy: From 1 April 2016, the final peer-reviewed version of journal articles and conference papers (with an ISSN) must be deposited in an open access repository within three months of acceptance for publication in order to be eligible for the next Research Excellence Framework (REF). This is a new requirement from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and affects all researchers and academics producing works at the University.