The Open Access publishing workflow process you should follow is shown in the box to the right, and see this related timeline.
'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 printing charges. A specific 'Gold' APC application and OA publishing process exists. Various sources of APC funding may be available to Aston authors, usually with 'corresponding author' and/or 'principal investigator' status:
The 'Gold' APC and publishing process is:
Copyright Law will protect your rights in your own creative work and give credit for your research and innovations via attribution, see the Copyright and Intellectual Property LibGuide for detailed information.
'Green' OA publishing
Aston's OA Policy and Code of Practice (inc. Guidance), a is that all journal and conference publications should meet 'Green' status (if not Gold), in line with HE funder mandates for specific levels of discoverability and accessibility. This process is based on using Aston Research Explorer (powered by PURE), and applies to all Aston authors - whether the corresponding author or as a co-author.
To be 'Green' OA compliant you need to:
If you have the DOI for your publication you can use CrossRef, the DOI repository, to import the metadata and then upload the post-print version of your article. CrossRef is now available as a source of publication details at the bottom of the 'ADD' page in PURE.