Open Access in a nutshell
Open Access means that your work is freely available to be read and re-used by anyone with an internet connection. Going Open Access raises your research visibility and impact: more downloads, social media mentions, and citations. It means researchers anywhere can read your work and practitioners can apply your findings - and most publishers permit it in some form.
There are two ways to make your research open access: Green or Gold.
Green Open Access
- You make your work publicly available by archiving a version in a repository such as Leicester Research Archive. You may additionally wish to archive a copy in a subject-based repository such as Europe PMC plus or arXiv.
- Usually the version you archive should be your own final manuscript incorporating any peer review changes (not the publisher's proof or version of record).
- Your final manuscript is made Open Access from the repository after any embargo period (typically 12 or 24 months) required by the publisher.
- Green Open Access does not require the payment of any fees to the publisher.
Gold Open Access
- Your work is made open access immediately from the journal publisher’s website as the final version of record.
- The publisher will usually ask you (or your funder) to pay an article processing charge (APC) to make your work Open Access.
If you would like to make your work available under Gold Open Access, you will need to be able to access appropriate funding. APCs vary considerably between publishers, but typically cost around £1,600 per paper, including VAT.