What is Open Access?
Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge including for those who do not have personal or institutional subscriptions to journals, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. What makes it possible is the internet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder. (See Peter Suber’s Open Access Overview).
Read more about the development of Open Access at the Open Access Chronology blog post.
Open Access at Oxford
In March 2013, Council approved the Statement on Open Access at the University of Oxford (currently under review). Key points:
- University of Oxford academics and researchers are strongly committed to, and already very active in, ensuring the widest possible access to research findings for the benefit of the international research community and society more widely. The value and utility of research outputs increases the more broadly they are available to be considered and used by others.
- Our academics, researchers, staff and students must be free to publish in the journal of their choice.
- The Oxford Research Archive was established in 2007 as a permanent and secure online archive of research materials produced by members of the University of Oxford. We are enhancing the coverage and features in ORA to provide a single point of public access to electronic copies of peer-reviewed journal articles, conference proceedings by Oxford authors and Oxford research theses. This also provides a means for institutional compliance with funders’ Open Access requirements.
- The University favours, now and for the foreseeable future, open access by means of the Green Route. This enables authors to publish in any journal and to self-archive a version of the article for free public use. Thus the Green approach provides most of the benefits for a much smaller additional cost than Gold Open Access (which involves paying Article Processing Charges) (APCs).
- We will use special allocations from our funders in those cases where their policy requires that APCs be paid. (RCUK, COAF)
Act on Acceptance
The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has mandated that all journal articles and conference papers (in publications with an ISSN) accepted since 1 April 2016 must be deposited in a repository within three (3) months of acceptance for publication, in order to be eligible for submission to the next Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021).
In line with this requirement, Oxford’s policy is that all authors should deposit the peer-reviewed manuscripts (Author Accepted Manuscripts – AAMs) of newly-accepted papers into the University’s repository ORA via Symplectic Elements. Please visit Act on Acceptance for details of what to deposit and how.
A reminder to Act on Acceptance was sent to all members of staff at the University of Oxford from Professor Ian Walmsley, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) on Monday 4 July 2016.