Make my work open access

How to make research publications open access. Information on the paid (gold) and free (green) routes to open access.

There are two routes to making your research publications open access:

  • the gold route is via the journal website
  • the green route is via an institutional research repository.

Gold route - pay to publish your research

The gold option allows open access to the published paper via the journal’s own website at the time of online publication. Typically this involves a one-off charge (an article-processing charge).

If you are funded by one of the Research Councils (RCUK), you can request payment for an APC.

If you are funded by RCUK, and are publishing with IEEE, please contact to make use of our pre-payment agreement.

Faculty of Environment and Technology Open Access pilot fund

If you are a member of the Faculty of Environment and Technology you can apply to the FET pilot project for funding.  The corresponding UWE author for the article is responsible for completing the scheme application form and returning to . It is important that this is done prior to acceptance for publication of the article in order that the correct route to publication is selected. Each article will be assessed by the Associate Dean and Director of Research using the following criteria:

  • Is the article a high quality contribution to knowledge? – being, in REF terms, internationally excellent (3*) or world leading (4*)
  • Is there a potential UWE impact case study to which the availability of knowledge in the article could contribute?
  • Is there a significant likelihood that timely availability of the article in open access form could help advance towards and realise (further) impact?

Publisher-specific deals on gold open access

In response to the growth in demand for open access, some publishers have started to offer deals to institutions for the payment of APCs.

  • Taylor and Francis have a voucher scheme, entitling UWE Bristol authors to a limited number of discounted APCs.
  • Springer have implemented a JISC negotiated offsetting agreement to allow all UWE Bristol authors publishing with Springer to have their articles made open access in their hybrid journals, without payment of an additional publication fee.  A full list of eligible journals can be found on the Springer Open Choice webpage.

For more information on these deals please contact the Library Research team via

Green route - use the UWE Bristol Repository

The green option allows you to publish the version of the research paper that was accepted for publication, via the UWE Bristol Research Repository, either immediately or after a specified embargo period.

Unless you have funding from RCUK, or are publishing with Springer, you are encouraged to choose the green open-access option as there is no central fund to support article-processing charges

The green route also facilitates compliance with HEFCE's policy for the post-2014 REF.

See the UWE Bristol Research Repository for more information on how to deposit your research.


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