The benefits of Open Access

The principle benefits of open access were first enshrined within the visionary Budapest Open Access Initiative statement released on 14 February 2002, and are still very much alive 16 years later.

The convergence of research sharing with technological distribution via the internet, it declared, would create an “unprecedented public good” by facilitating free, unrestricted, access to information for academics, scientists, students and the general public.

“Removing access barriers to this literature will accelerate research, enrich education, share the learning of the rich with the poor and the poor with the rich, make this literature as useful as it can be, and lay the foundation for uniting humanity in a common intellectual conversation and quest for knowledge” (Budapest Open Access Initiative, 2002).*

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As well proving an invaluable asset to society, open access publishing has specific merits for you as an academic researcher.

  • You gain more exposure for your work

The traditional publishing route often means work is locked behind a paywall resulting in knowledge for those who can afford it. When publishing open access, your work will be widely discoverable, and freely available, for anyone regardless of ability to pay.

  • Professionals can apply your findings in their services

Free and unrestricted content enables professionals outside of academia, such as medical practitioners, to obtain access to up-to date research and information they can use for vital decision making processes, and influencing service development.

  • You can achieve higher citation rates

As Open Access scholarship increases the visibility of your work, studies have revealed that open articles can receive as much as 18% more citations in other academic papers. The more your work is cited the more likely it is to be read.**

  • Your work can be access by the general public

Publishing research in openly available format will allow access for anyone with an interest in your subject. This provides the potential for your work to become the foundation for future innovative research that can yield greater societal benefit.

  • You can achieve compliance with funding rules

In light of more and more funders mandating open publishing as a requirement for grant allocation, making your work free at the point of access is an easy way to ensure you are complying with rules associated with your financial support.

  • You can give taxpayers value for their money

With the majority of research being supported by public funded research councils, choosing open access publishing routes ensures you are giving back to the taxpayers who made your research possible in the first place, and have a vested interest in the results.

  • Your work can reach researchers in developing countries

Escalating journal costs underpin a glaring inequality in access to  vital information for developing countries who may have difficulty in affording the subscriptions. Making your work open access is crucial for allowing them to access up to date knowledge for research development, at the same time, whilst increasing global visibility of your research.

* Budapest Open Access Intiative (2002) Available at: https://www.budapestopenaccessinitiative.org/ (Accessed: 16 October 2018).

** Piwowar H. et al. (2018The state of OA: a large-scale analysis of the prevalence and impact of Open Access articles. PeerJ 6:e4375.Available at: https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.4375 (Accessed: 16 October 2018).

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City Library unveils the new look City Research Online

This week, City Library is excited to unveil the new and improved City Research Online (CRO), the open access repository showcasing research by City staff and research students.

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With a modern up to date image consistent with City’s webpages, the newly revamped platform, created by the Publications team, is designed for improving discoverability and accessibility of City’s research publications, for both the academic community and the public at large.

What’s different?

Exciting new changes to CRO include :

  • Easy access search tabs by City School for quick access to the right subject
  • Simplified University Structure and departmental breakdown for ease of navigation
  • Quick reference information on REF2021 and Open Access for City Staff
  • Links to City Research Online library guides for more detailed open access information

If you need help

If you need help with navigating CRO, or have any questions about open access, contact the Publications Team who will be happy to answer your questions.

ACT on ACCEPTANCE: make the REF 2021

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What is Act on Acceptance?

From 1st April 2018, changes to HEFCE’s open access policy require researchers to submit their work to City Research Online within 3 months of acceptance to be eligible for the next REF.

As soon as you know your research will be published in a peer-reviewed journal, or conference proceedings, Act on Acceptance and make your research open access.

What do you have to do?

  • Upload your publications to your Publications profile as soon as possible after they have been accepted for publication.
  • Make sure it’s the accepted manuscript and not the published version: the accepted version is peer-reviewed but not typeset for publication.

What happens next?

The Publications Team will check your deposits to make sure they are compliant with the HEFCE policy, and the publishers’ terms and conditions regarding copyright and embargo periods. Once these checks are complete, they will make them available in the City Research Online repository.

What if you need help?

If you need help with depositing papers, or have questions about the open access policy, you can consult the City Research Online and Publications library guides.

Alternatively, you can contact the Publications Team who will:

  • Answer enquiries by telephone and email.
  • Meet with you in one to one appointments.
  • Help you understand the HEFCE open access policy.
  • Help you upload your papers to your publications profile.

City Research Online

City Research Online (CRO) is the institutional repository of City University London. It includes full text versions and bibliographic records of research outputs created by members of staff and research students at City. City Research Online’s mission is to:

  • Provide open access to full text research, as permitted by publishers and copyright law.
  • Be a reliable source of information on the research publications of City staff.
  • Share openly its information with internal and external services, such as other areas of City’s web presence, Google, Bing, Google Scholar and other web services and search engines.
  • Please see http://libguides.city.ac.uk/openaccess for more information.

This area of the website contains information on CRO for users. If you do not find what you need in these pages, please contact us for further help.