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 articles which acknowledge Research Council support and are accepted for publication should be made openly accessible. NIHR and The Wellcome Trust have similar policies in place.
Frequently asked questions
What are Open Access repositories?
What is a Creative Commons Attribution license?
What are Open Access and hybrid journals?
What are Article Process Charges?
What do you mean by pre-print and post-print?
Definitions of Open Access
Keeping up to date
- Creative Commons licenses
- UKRI funding information
- Sherpa/FACT compliance tool
- SHERPA JULIET
- SHERPA RoMEO
- Wellcome Trust author guide
Help at Bradford
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.
Depositing your papers in the University of Bradford repository - Bradford Scholars
All papers intended for the Bradford Scholars repository are submitted via the University's Research Information System (RIS). Each researcher has their own RIS profile they can log into in order to submit papers to Bradford Scholars. Instructions on how to do this are available on the RaIS intranet pages.
Support for the RIS is handled via RIS@bradford.ac.uk.