Open Access & Self-Archiving

UK authors may be aware of the recent advice about Open Access (OA) from HEFCE regarding the next REF, where you may be required by your institution to choose an OA route to publication, either by uploading your article to your institutional repository ahead of its publication in your chosen journal (Green Open Access) or by paying the journal to make your article instantly freely available on the publisher’s website (Gold Open Access). This requirement will come into effect for articles accepted after April 2016.

The Year’s Work journals have decided that having an OA policy is unnecessary at this time as the REF currently does not consider for inclusion material of a review-only nature (which is the mainstay of coverage for both YWES and YWCCT).

OA is not just driven by the REF of course, and your institution may have a self-archiving policy in place. The Year’s Work titles, do however, have a self-archiving policy to respond to these requirements and authors must wait until the 24 month embargo period has elapsed from the date of publication online before depositing an article in an institutional or subject repository. If you are uncertain as to publication date for your article, or the details of self-archiving, or indeed OA, then do contact the editors of the journal. Further information on self-archiving can be found here: http://www.oxfordjournals.org/access_purchase/self-archiving_policye.html

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