Open Access at USW

Open Access (OA) seeks to ensure that the outcomes of research can be freely accessed online by anyone in the world for full use or reuse. 

The University of South Wales is committed to ensuring compliance with open access requirements, specifically HEFCE/REF and research funder policies. It also highlights the responsibilities on our academic staff but also the benefits to authors. 

In October 2015 the University published its Open Access Policy. For more information about open access, what it means for the REF and funder expectations please see our additional Open Access pages below. The key messages from the policy are:

  • The University of South Wales recognises the value of it research, much of which is world and internationally leading, and so is committed to ensuring its knowledge and expertise is shared as widely and accessible as possible to maximise its use and impact.

  • The University of South Wales supports a preferred Green open access publishing route, via its institutional repository. It applies to all authors of research at the institution, both staff and students and compliance will be monitored.

  • The policy currently relates to peer-reviewed journal articles and conference proceedings with an International Standard Serial Number (ISSN). Authors are free to choose where to publish but must be responsible for ensuring they comply with the University policy on open access, the open access policies of the funders from which the research has arisen and the post-REF 2014 directive on open access from HEFCE. 

What are the benefits of Open Access? 

The benefits of open access publishing are widely recognised. It enables research to be disseminated quickly and widely allowing greater visibility, increased citations and the stimulation of new opportunities and collaborations.

Click here to view to useful diagram outlining the benefits to you of Open Access.

Open Access, Funders & Research Councils UK

Funder Open Access requirements

Many funders of research have Open Access policies in place and authors are advised to check requirements at the outset of the project lifecycle. Depending on the funder, you may also be able to apply for funding towards article processing charges (Gold Open Access publishing) within the application.
The RCUK Open Access policy expects that from April 2013, peer-reviewed research articles and conference proceedings arising from research that was funded wholly or partially by a RCUK grant should be made available online.

Research Councils UK (RCUK)

RCUK supports Gold and Green Open Access, but its preferred route is for Gold Open Access enabling the article to become Open Access as soon as it is published online. RCUK provide block grants to institutions in receipt of substantial RCUK funding to cover the costs of article processing charges.

For Green Open Access publishing, where a journal does offer an immediate Open Access option, RCUK will accept a delay in the article becoming Open Access of 6 months for STEM subjects or 12 months for arts, humanities and social sciences. Currently, where APC funds are unavailable from the research funder, longer embargo periods will be allowable of 12 months for STEM disciplines or 24 months for the arts, humanities and social sciences.