Open Access (OA) publishing allows your research outputs to be made freely available to anyone, anywhere in the world. It promotes the sharing of research and knowledge and has significant social, economic and scientific benefits. Open Access is part of the wider Open Science movement.
There are two types of OA: Green (free) and Gold (paid) - further information on making your research open access can be found on this OA LibGuide tab.
In addition to the REF OA policy, many research funders have OA publishing requirements relating to discoverability and accessibility. This includes UK Research and Innovation the European Commission, the Wellcome Trust and other members of COAF. There are also developing compliance requirements in relation to Research Data Management (RDM) - see the RDM LibGuide for detailed information on this aspect.
For help and advice on the open access publishing process, please contact the Open Access and Research Repository Specialists at firstname.lastname@example.org For specific green open access advice, please contact Leigh Stork, ext.4956. For gold open access advice, please contact Malcolm Horne, ext.4506.
For general advice on Aston Research Explorer, please contact Paul Jones in Aston University's Research and Knowledge Exchange office, ext. 4443.