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Why publish Open Access?

Growing Global awareness and calls for OA publishing

This section highlights the latest news and developments in Open Access and answers some of your frequently asked questions

Government expectations

Maximises the use of publicly funded research and allows accessibility to all. See the findings of The Finch Report for more information

Funder’s requirements

Many funding bodies require that the product of research funding is made available via Open Access. These funder’s include all UKRI, Wellcome, EU and NIH. Detailed funder policy information is available at SHERPA/JULIET.

  • The UKRI policy on Open Access is available here
  • The Wellcome Trust policy on Open Access is available here
  • The ERC Scientific Council Guidelines for Open Access are available here
  • The Horizon 2020 open access guidelines are available here

Bangor University's Open Access Policy

Bangor University’s Open Access policy is available here. It requires that a record of all new research outputs be deposited in the Institutional Repository.

Research Assessment (REF)

HEFCE has mandated that eligibility for the submission of Journal articles and conference proceedings in the post-REF2014 will be dependent on them being made available in an open-access form. The authors’ final peer-reviewed manuscripts must have been deposited in an institutional or subject repository on (or within 3 months of) acceptance for publication. HEFCE’s policy is available here. And is described in full in the REF Guidance on submissions (REF 2019/01) pages 54-59

Benefits to research

Work is made easily accessible increasing visability, readership and impact. Making work freely available can increase citations and increase the potential for collaborative research. Internet search engines such as Google Scholar search Open Access material deposited in Institutional Repositories increasing the visibility of your work.