Act on Acceptance at Oxford has seen over 28,000 deposits in the past 3 years (over half from medical sciences), and more than 1100 in March alone. Thank you again to all involved in this collective endeavour.
Oxford researchers, please continue this success and make your work REF eligible by depositing your manuscript into ORA via Symplectic within 3 months of acceptance for publication.
What do I need to deposit for Act on Acceptance?
Please upload the author accepted manuscript and record the date of acceptance for any journal articles accepted for publication since 1 April 2016.
What is the Author Accepted Manuscript (AAM)?
The final peer-reviewed text, also known as the author manuscript or final author version or post-print. Journals generally allow authors to deposit this version in their institutional repository, but not the proof or published PDF (unless it’s been published gold Open Access). That’s why we ask for the AAM – the final revised typescript, before the publisher’s copy-editing, proof corrections, layout and typesetting. Please deposit even if you’re also depositing in another repository or if it’s going to be published gold OA.
What’s the date of acceptance?
When the journal informs the author of firm or final acceptance (not conditional or provisional) – when revisions made during peer-review have been accepted and the article is ready for the final steps of publication. Please deposit even if you’ve missed the ‘3 months of acceptance’ timeframe.
What happens after deposit?
The ORA Team check correct version uploaded in line with journal copyright policy, create an ORA record, email depositor with confirmation (or a query), and release full-text in ORA at end of embargo period.
Help and training
To help identify the correct version and get hold of a copy, here are two handy guides by Open Access Button: Article Version Explainer (pre-prints, post-prints, publisher PDF) and Direct2AAM (how to retrieve accepted manuscripts from some common publisher submission systems).
We have a step-by-step deposit guide on our Act on Acceptance page and other help on our REF OA FAQ pages. You can also email the OA Enquiry team at firstname.lastname@example.org, ask your departmental contacts or come to an OA briefing session (next one Wed 24 April).
You can browse deposited work in ORA (Oxford Research Archive), which now has over 50,000 full-text items freely available (journal articles, research theses, working papers, conference papers, book chapters, books).