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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
To get started, login via the Pure image below!
Follow the instructions below on 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 email@example.com for advice if you need to edit your publication record and/or have the full-text article added.
Are you an editor for a traditionally published subscription journal? Or have you and like-minded colleagues ever thought about starting up an open access journal? If so, take a look at the following resources for some information on initial steps to get started!
As part of our transformative/ read and publish deals with a range of publishers, Aston corresponding authors have access to a range of free or reduced APCs for original research and review articles (invited reviews, editorials, book reviews etc. are not included).
These include the following publishers:
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further details on any of these schemes or author/article type eligibility.
Gold OA publishing
This type of OA publishing requires the payment of an article processing charge (APC) to make the article open access as part of a fully gold OA journal or a hybrid journal (where paying for open access is optional). Gold OA articles should be published with a Creative Commons licence, with the author(s) retaining copyright.
If your journal or publisher is not included in any of our Read and Publish/Transformative deals, there may be financial support available to help you pay the APC for your article. Please see Aston's Open Access Policy for eligibility criteria relating to our UKRI and Institutional OA* funds.
The Gold APC request process is:
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.