As soon as your article has been accepted for publication, please log in to Pure and create a record for your publication (see these simple instructions). Alternatively, you can email email@example.com with your publication details so that we can do this for you.
Detailed explanations of the Green and Gold OA publishing processes are given below. Please note that additional requirements may need to be met if you have funding from one of the UK Research Councils, charities in COAF, the European Commission, and others. These requirements are summarised here.
An increasing number of publishers are allowing chapters and books to be made open access by depositing the author's accepted manuscript in an institutional repository. Please get in touch with us if you would like further information!
Green OA publishing
Aston's OA Policy and Code of Practice (inc. Guidance), is that all journal and conference publications should meet Green status (if not Gold), in line with funder mandates for specific levels of discoverability and accessibility. This applies to all Aston authors - whether the corresponding author or as a co-author.
To be Green OA compliant you need to:
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Follow theon how to deposit your manuscript. If your publication record has already been validated by Library Services it will be 'locked' for editing purposes. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for advice if you need to edit your publication record and/or have the full-text article added.
Unfortunately in open access publishing there are publishers who exploit the Gold open access route to publication. These are predatory publishers with no academic credibility and often have fabricated editorial staff and/or journal names that closely resemble well-known reputable ones. These publishers frequently solicit submissions via spam emails and may offer to waive APC fees initially before charging numerous additional fees (submission, page, review, expedited service, withdrawal, etc.).
Examples of publications in predatory journals can be found here:
If you are considering publishing in a journal that is new to you, or that you think may not be entirely legitimate, please get in touch with us to discuss your concerns before agreeing to publish or pay any fees. You can also use Think, Check, Submit to help you choose which journals to publish in.
Please note that Library Services will not pay any APCs for articles submitted to known predatory journals.
Gold OA publishing
This type of OA publishing involves the payment of an article processing charge (APC) - this includes the OA fee and, if applicable, page/colour charges. A specific Gold APC application and OA publishing process exists. Various sources of APC funding may be available to Aston authors with 'corresponding author' and/or 'principal investigator' status*.
The Gold APC and publishing process is:
* In some exceptional circumstances an Aston co-author may be allowed to arrange for their corresponding author based at another institution to have an APC paid for by Aston; for example, in order to achieve OA compliance if no funds are available there or from elsewhere.
Aston has membership of various Gold OA publishing schemes: