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Open Access Publishing


Open Access Publishing refers to content which can be accessed by anyone, for free and permanently. One route to OA, the Green route, is via deposit into PEARL, the university’s research repository. PEARL provides access to Plymouth University research to all via http://pearl.plymouth.ac.uk and is also indexed by other databases and search engines, such as Google Scholar.

Another route to Open Access, known as Gold OA, is via publishing in journals which are either entirely (‘pure’) OA or have OA options (known as ‘hybrid’ journals i.e. they are subscription journals but with an option to pay for an article to be open access).

Some funders such as RCUK have made OA a requirement and HEFCE have announced that from 1st April 2016, all journal articles that are to be submitted to the next REF must also be made OA. Information Specialists (within the Library’s Academic Engagement team) provide support for authors wishing or needing to make their content OA.  

Further information can be found on the Library’s Research Support guide: http://plymouth.libguides.com/open

The next REF and Open Access:
Depositing appropriate versions of published work into PEARL, the university’s research repository, will satisfy compliance for the purposes of the next REF as well as many funder mandates.  Deposit is achieved via use of Elements and manuscripts accepted for publication as of 1
st April 2018 must be deposited using Elements within 90 days of their acceptance date, in order to qualify for REF2021.  Full guidance to staff can be found in the Library’s Research Support guide FAQs:   https://plymouth.libguides.com/open/faq

 

Modified 13/09/2021