The University of Worcester has a commitment to “A significant improvement in the quality and quantity of published scholarship and research”[i] It has made this commitment at a time when the nature of scholarly communication is in a state of flux, which brings both challenges and opportunities.
Open Access publishing, and in particular the HEFCE policy in relation to any post-2014 REF exercise, is highly relevant to this committment and the University of Worcester open access policy states that: "University staff and research students are required to deposit in WRaP the final, refereed and corrected, accepted versions of their peer-reviewed journal articles and peer-reviewed conference proceedings..."
‘Green’ Open Access: Also known as ‘self-archiving’, under this model authors publish in any journal and then self-archive a version of their article for free public use in their institutional repository, in a central repository (e.g. PubMed Central, SSRN or arXiv) or on some other open access website.
‘Gold’ Open Access: This describes Open Access Publishing, whereby an author publishes an article in an open access journal, usually on payment of a fee, that provides immediate and full open access to all of its articles on the publisher’s website
A number of factors centering around rapid changes in communications technology and the Internet; significant and sustained above inflation rises in the cost of academic journals; and a growing feeling that publicly funded research should be free at the point of consumption, have led to the rise of a strong Open Access Publishing movement.
There are a number of flavours of Open Access, including: open access, gratis OA, libre OA, open data and an open license, however the two most commonly referred to in the debate are Gold OA and Green OA.
Further background information about open access and the debate generated around the Finch Report can be found below
This will ensure that you comply with the 2014 HEFCE mandate and that your research can be submitted to the post-2014 REF.
Researchers should also:
• deposit other kinds of research, e.g. book chapters, reports, working papers, images, videos, etc.
• add back catalogue to WRaP so there is a comprehensive record of the University’s research activity.
This will maximise the reach, availability and impact of your research.
Download the full Open Access Publishing Policy
The University has made some funding available for when there is a particular reason to publish gold open access.
We believe that all research arising from HEFCE funding should be as widely and freely accessible as the available channels for dissemination will allow.
We believe this will:
We have developed an approach to open access as part of the work that we do with the other UK funding bodies to assess the quality of research at UK higher education institutions. It is now a requirement that certain research outputs submitted to any research assessment exercise after 2014 be made as widely accessible as possible."
The main points are that the policy:
WRaP is the University of Worcester's Institutional Repository.
It enables the University to compile & maintain a record of the research outputs generated by staff and other researchers both past and present and make them available to anyone interested.
WRaP contains research outputs in a wide range of formats e.g. journal articles, book chapters, conference papers, PhD theses and images of artwork. The full text is provided where we are allowed to do this under copyright law.