Open access publishing
Plan S is an initiative for open access publishing, that is supported by cOAlitionS, a consortium of research funders, which includes UK Research and Innovation.
Plan S requires authors with research funded by public grants to make their work open access on publication by 2020. This can be one of three routes: publication in an open access journal, publication in an approved subject or institutional repository or in a “hybrid” open access journal that is taking steps to become fully open access.
In addition, all published work must be given a Creative Commons licence – CC BY, which allows others to distribute, remix, tweak and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as the original author is credited.
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Funding for article processing charges
- The University of Sussex has a number of deals and membership with several publishers which provide discounts. These include Biomed Central, which qualifies the submitting author to a 15% discount on the article processing charge, provided a Sussex email and affiliation is used. Others include PeerJ, Royal Society Publishing, Sage, Springer and Taylor and Francis. See the institutional gold open access deals and discounts section of the University of Sussex library website.
- The University of Sussex also has a fund for Article Processing Charges (APCs) where the research is funded by Research Councils UK (RCUK). If you are funded by Arthritis Research UK, Breast Cancer Campaign, the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research or the Wellcome Trust, there is the Charity Open Access Fund (COAF). See the University of Sussex library website for details.
- BSMS has a small fund for APCs that are not backed by any research grant. You can download the application form for this fund from SharePoint.
The University of Sussex has a very small PGR Open Access Fund to support Sussex/BSMS PGRs in publishing their work Gold Open Access when no other funds are available. Details available on the UoS library website.
Further resources on open access
- Sherpa/Romeo. Provides details on publisher copyright and self-archiving policies and conditions.
- Sherpa Fact. Provides a database of research funders open access policies.
- Sherpa REF. A web service – funded and endorsed by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) – that allows authors and institutions to quickly, accurately and easily check whether a journal they wish to publish in complies with open access (OA) policy for the Research Excellence Framework (REF).
University online repositories
BSMS primarily uses the SRO to ensure that all published research is made available open access, copyright permitting. Find out how to submit items to the SRO.
What can I make open access?
- Copyright: To find out publisher copyright and self-archiving policies, use the Sherpa/Romeo database.
- Research Funders compliance: To find out what your research funders open access policies are, use the Sherpa Fact database.
- Advice and guidance from University of Sussex library.