Open Access publishing

Open Access explained

If a journal article is made openly accessible it means that anyone, anywhere can have free, unrestricted, online access to it in perpetuity. In addition, the content is searchable through online search engines. Open Access publishing is not vanity or self-publishing. It relies on peer-review and traditional editorial processes, and there is no suggestion that repositories should replace journals.

Increasingly, research funders are requiring that the results of publicly funded research must be made openly accessible. UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) policy is that peer-reviewed research and review articles which acknowledge Research Council support and are accepted for publication on or after 1 April 2013 should be made openly accessible. The Wellcome Trust has a similar policy and has also extended the Open Access requirement to cover monographs and book chapters resulting from grants awarded after 1 October 2013. For the next research assessment Research England have stated that all journal articles accepted for publication on or after 1 April 2016 will have to be made openly accessible to be eligible for submission.

Open Access: the future of scientific publishing

Researchers share their thoughts about the benefits of Open Access publishing and sharing of data, and the future of scientific research in the global research landscape.