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).

Please note that there is no central fund to support article processing charges (APCs).

Before submitting a journal article or conference paper for publication, ensure funds are available, either from your grant, your faculty or the library if you are RCUK funded.

If you are a Research Council (RCUK) grant holder, or are a member of FET, you can apply for funding by completing the APC payment application form. Please submit the form to Library Research Support, for approval.

The policy for RCUK block grant applications:

There is a limited amount of funding available for articles resulting from RCUK funded projects until the new allocation is received in April 2019.

If you wish to make your work fully open access, please complete the application form and email, .

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

The policy for the FET open-access fund

An application should be made by the corresponding UWE Bristol author prior to submission of the article. Having an article accepted for publication in an open-access journal is not sufficient reason that the APC should be paid.  Authors will need to supply a copy of their article for review. Final judgment of applications will be made by the Associate Dean and Director of Research using the following criteria:

  • Is the article a high quality contribution to knowledge?
  • Is there a potential UWE Bristol 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?

Full details of the scheme are available to download: FET open access APC scheme criteria

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. These include:

  • 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.
  • Sage offers UWE Bristol authors a discounted Article Processing Charge of £200 (from SAGE Choice Scheme ). Authors must quote the code NESLi2017 on the SAGE Choice publishing agreement (in the University/Institution Account Code field) you are sent on acceptance of your article. Authors should then return the SAGE Choice Invoice Template to the relevant email address at SAGE as instructed on the form. The discount cannot be applied retrospectively and only applies to hybrid journals (not fully open access).
  • Open Library of the Humanities offers UWE Bristol authors free open access publishing in their hosted journals. OLH is funded through a model of library partnership subsidies of which UWE Bristol is a member.

For more information on these deals, please contact the Library Research team via or download our quick guide on the Library Research Support blog.

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 Research England's policy for REF 2021.

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

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