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Open Research

Introduces the open research movement, and goes into more detail about different aspects of this movement, including open access.

Publishing open access with no fees

There are several ways to publish open access, as explained in both our open access guide, and in the University's open access guidance. Here at Essex, we encourage research to be made open wherever possible, whether this be via the Green, Gold, or Diamond route. While the University of Essex does not have a central fund for open access publishing, this page highlights ways to make your work open access at no extra cost.

  • Green open access: Upload your AAM (author’s accepted manuscript) to the institutional repository. For your publication to be REF eligible, this needs to be done within three months of acceptance for publication.
  • Gold / hybrid open access: Take advantage of new deals with the publishers Wiley and SAGE. Under these deals (known as 'read and publish deals', or 'transformative deals'), University of Essex researchers can publish gold open access for no added fee, as the APC is covered by the agreement. Alternatively, if your work is UKRI funded, our UKRI fund may be able to cover the APC.
  • Diamond open access: Publish your work in a diamond open access journal, where there are no charges to publish.

Read on to learn more about these routes to publishing open access, and discover recent research published by Essex academics.

Gold / hybrid open access

Publishing your work via the gold route means that the final version of your work is made freely available via the publisher's website. In order to fund this, an article processing charge (APC) is required. In fully gold open access journals, all work in those journals is freely available online. In hybrid journals, some research will be made open access through an APC payment, whilst other papers will remain behind a paywall.

The University of Essex does not have a central fund for APC payments, meaning you must have appropriate funding for this. The cost of APCs varies, but is often between £1500-£2000. If your research is UKRI funded, you may be able to receive funds from the UKRI's open access grant for your APC. Please contact our repository team for more information. Alternatively, gold open access can also be achieved with no added costs by publishing under our newly signed read and publish deals. Read on to find out more.

Read and publish deals (also known as "transformative deals") have evolved as a result of changes in the open access landscape. In particular, these changes have been brought about by Plan S. Read and publish deals are blanket agreements with academic publishers that cover both the subscription to the journal (the "read" aspect), and the open access publishing cost (the "publish" aspect). These deals therefore allow authors from the University of Essex to publish gold open access at no extra cost, regardless of whether their work is funded.

At Essex, we currently have deals of this nature with the publishers Wiley and SAGE. Read on to find out more about these deals, and how to make use of them.

There is currently an opportunity to publish open access with the publisher Wiley, due to a read and publish deal between JISC and Wiley. This means that there is a national pot of money available to researchers from across institutions to fund APCs for open access publishing, and we are able to use this money.

If you submit an article to a Wiley journal, and you are a corresponding author, you will see the option to use this deal after acceptance. The request then comes through to our Repository Team, who decide whether to approve the application. If you have any questions about this, please email our Repository Team. More information can also be found on Wiley's website.

From 12th October until 31st December 2020, only research funded by Wellcome, UKRI, Blood Cancer UK, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Parkinson’s UK, and Versus Arthritis could take advantage of the Wiley OA publishing deal. This is because Wiley's national open access fund had been depleted for 2020. The national fund has now reset, and is again open to all until the funds run out.

A deal with SAGE allows corresponding authors to publish eligible articles open access with the article processing charge (APC) waived in over 900 hybrid journals. Those publishing an eligible article in the IMechE Journal Collection and the Royal Society of Medicine Collection can also be published open access as part of this agreement. In addition to this, we are also able to take advantage of a discount on APCs when publishing in SAGE gold open access journals.

If you are a corresponding author publishing in a SAGE hybrid journal, we would encourage you to request open access publishing. If your research is UKRI funded, we can cover the APC for gold open access publishing. If you have any further questions, please email our Repository Team.

A new read and publish deal with the publisher Springer allows corresponding authors to publish open access in over 2000 Springer hybrid journals with the APC waived. There is a national limit on the number of articles that can be made open access under this deal, and this will be allocated on a first come first served basis. However, the limit will be closely monitored by Springer throughout the duration of the deal.

If you have an article accepted with a Springer hybrid journal, you will need to identify yourself as an eligible author by either selecting your institution, using your institutional email address, or by completing the form while within the University of Essex’s network. The request then comes through to our Repository Team, who decide whether to approve the application. More information can be found on Springer’s website, and you can also get in touch if you have any questions.

Our read and publish deal with Cambridge University Press allows you to make your publication open access in gold and hybrid CUP journals at no extra cost to you. To be eligible, you must be a corresponding author, and must be accepted for publication in one of these CUP journals. You must also have been accepted for publication between 1 January 2021, and 31 December 2024.

In order to use this deal, you must use your institutional affiliation when you submit your research. For more information about the submission process, head to CUP’s read and publish agreement page.

If you have any questions about this or any of our other read and publish deals, please do get in touch with the Library, or the Repository Team.

A deal with PLOS allows unlimited publishing in five PLOS journals for authors at the University of Essex. The five journals are: PLOS Computational Biology, PLOS Pathogens, PLOS Genetics, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases and PLOS ONE.

Eligible authors are identified through PLOS’s submission system. As the agreement is for uncapped publishing no approval check is required. More information can be found on PLOS' website, and please do contact us or the Repository Team if you have any questions.

PLOS is a purely open access publisher, meaning this deal does not include a 'read' element as all PLOS content is freely available online.

The below list gives information about some of the most recent research published open access as a result of our read and publish deals. Please note, this list was last updated in November 2020.

Green open access

Following the green route to open access means depositing your work in a repository upon acceptance for publication. This can be an institutional repository, like the Essex Research Repository, or a subject-based or central repository, like PubMed or arXiv. The version made available via the repository will usually be the final pre-publication version, otherwise knows as the AAM (author accepted manuscript). To be REF-eligible, you must upload this version to the institutional repository within three months of acceptance. For more information, please visit the Research Repository.

Read on to see some examples of the recent research made available via the Essex Research Repository.

The below list gives information about the 10 most recent additions to the Essex Research Repository. Please note this list may include both green and gold open access.

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Diamond open access

Screenshot from DOAJ showing the filters for "journals" and "APCs"In Diamond open access publishing there is no fee for publishing. Diamond open access journals are often funded by organisations, institutions, or other initiatives. Whilst diamond open access often receives the least attention, as of July 2020, 73% of journals on the Directory of Open Access Journals database are Diamond open access.

A good way to find Diamond open access journals to publish in is to browse journals on the Directory of Open Access Journals, and then set the "Article Processing Charges" filter to "no" (see image).