BHF Open Access Policy – October 1 2020 – 31 March 2021
Swansea University is in receipt of a small block grant to support the BHF Open Access policy. The Charity Open Access Fund (COAF) support has now ended and the BHF has allocated £2,507 to support researchers to comply with their Open Access policy.
This small fund is available on a first come, first served basis for payment of article processing charges until the end of March for any Swansea University corresponding author.
To be eligible for full payment of publications fees, the corresponding author must be affiliated with Swansea University. Please ensure that you use your Swansea University email address and identify your affiliation in the publisher submission system.
All article types in the five eligible journals are covered under the flat fee deal.
Articles will be automatically published with a Creative Commons CC-BY Attribution license. PLOS articles are archived in LOCKSS and syndicated to PubMed Central/EuropePMC. PLOS requires data sharing where not subject to legal or ethical restrictions and has adopted the CRediT taxonomy.
PLOS reserves the right to accept or reject applications for financial support. If PLOS or the institution choose to reject the payment for Article Processing Charges (APCs), PLOS will invoice the authors individually, who retain full payment responsibility.
Further details on all open access publisher agreements and discounts for Swansea University researchers are listed on our Open Access Financial Support for APCs webpage.
IOP Publishing (IOP), Jisc Collections and Swansea University Library Service have come to an agreement which enables researchers to publish their work on an open access basis at no additional cost in the majority of IOP’s hybrid journals. The agreement balances the cost of hybrid article publication charges (APCs) against journal license fees for 2020 onwards.
All corresponding (submitting) authors can publish in eligible journals open access without barriers, without additional cost, and be certain that they comply to any open access requirement. Eligible hybrid titles are available from this list.
Research articles and reviews (letters, papers, reviews and special issue articles) accepted for publication after 1 Jan 2020 are eligible, IOP will automatically identify qualifying articles and inform authors of their inclusion.
Included in the agreement are all subscription journals, owned by IOP Publishing, which offer a hybrid open access option. In addition, the agreement also includes selected journals which are published by IOP Publishing on behalf of our society partners.
1. Identify yourself clearly in the article submission form and the article itself
2. Use a Swansea University email address
3. Follow the IOP submission instructions
Articles are published with a Creative Commons CC-BY licence at no cost to you.
Corresponding (submitting) authors at subscribing institutions can also benefit from a 70% discount on the standard APC of hybrid journals not included in the above list that are published with some of our partner societies. Please visit IOP for further details. This discount is not available for any journal that is funded by page charges or submissions fees.
Publish Your Open Access Research Articles with Wiley From March 2020 Swansea University is a participating UK institution in partnership with Wiley and the JISC Open Access Agreement for Institutions. This researcher support is provided by the Swansea University Library Service.
Author’s may publish articles in any of Wiley’s fully Gold Open Access, or OnlineOpen hybrid (subscription) journals with no open access costs to the author*. A list of Wiley’s Open Access and hybrid subscription journals is available from the Open Access Author Dashboard together with access to an Author Compliance Tool so you can check if you meet your funder obligations.
To publish without having to pay additional Article Publication Charges (APCs), the corresponding author must be from a participating UK institution and the article must have been accepted on or after 2 March 2020.
Your manuscript must have been accepted on or after 2March 2020
You must publish open access in a fully gold OA journal or a hybrid (subscription) journal that offers OnlineOpen
If publishing in a hybrid (subscription) journal, you must order OnlineOpen at the point of acceptance by using the Wiley Author Services workflow
As the Wiley Open Access Account holder, the Library Research Support team will authorise your request provided you meet the eligibility criteria. Please use a Swansea University email address to help us authenticate your application. We will contact you directly if we need additional information before approving your request
This agreement cannot be used to cover additional charges (e.g. cover, color, and page charges), which individual journals administer separately
Please ensure that you acknowledge your funder and provide details for any supporting data in the published article. This is a requirement for research articles supported by many funders, including UKRI
The Library Research Support Team (Anna, Ellie and Caroline) are working remotely and are still available to support Swansea University researchers with queries about Research Outputs in RIS & Cronfa, Open Access, Publishing, Copyright, Open Research, Research Impact, E-Thesis Deposit, Post-graduate training etc.
If you would like to talk directly, then we can use Zoom or TEAMS. Please contact us to arrange a suitable time for an online meeting.
Meanwhile in other news…
Our open access APC online form is currenly closed but should be back up and running after April 1st when we expect new funds to support requests for financial support for UKRI supported research.
The recent update to the Research Information System (RIS) still figures quite prominently in our workflow and we are working closely with the developers as tweaks and final development moves towards a close at the end of March. If you want to report issues you can still use the ‘Feedback’ tab on the RIS screen.
We are an institutional online publisher of Open Access electronic journals. Our catalogue of titles allow readers to access and use the content free of charge under a Creative Commons licence.
We are growing this service and welcome enquiries from Swansea University researchers considering starting an academic journal. We do not charge the editors of journals for publishing with us on the Open Journal Systems platform (OJS). Editors wishing to transfer established journal titles to Swansea University are welcome to apply.
If you would like to find out more why don’t you come along to the next Academic Publishing Coffee Morning?
At this event, you can:
Speak to experienced academics and professional services staff who already publish journals
See what is really involved in editing and publishing academic publications
Learn about OJS, the journal publishing platform supported by Swansea’s Digital Humanities team
Find out what support we can offer you to set up your own peer-reviewed academic journal as part of Swansea’s digital press
Wednesday February 12th, 11:00 – 13:00 – Nanhyfer Workzone Sem Rm 01 on the Bay Campus
The Game of Open Access is a board game developed by staff at the University of Huddersfield. The aim is to engage researchers with the key concepts and tools required to meet Open Access mandates. Through the use of playful learning, it aims to develop an understanding of the role of Open Access through the initial idea for an article to its acceptance for publication.
In essence, you play as a researcher making your way through the research process landing on square where you pick up a card with a question about Open Access at Swansea University, then discuss and answer the questions to make your way around the board.
The Game is ‘customizable’, so if there are specific questions relevant for your department, we can include them.
Why should you take part?
The Game of Open Access is a fun way of getting to grips with points of confusion around open access (the difference between Green and Gold for example, or which type of manuscript to upload to RIS), in contrast to sitting listening to me talk for an hour. Also there are sweets.
Who is it for?
The game is relevant to researchers at any stage of their career, whether it’s your first introduction to open access or you need a refresh on Swansea’s specific policy. It can also be useful for professional services staff who support researchers. We have previously run the session in the College of Engineering, and the main feedback was not enough questions!
Interested? Get in touch with us to arrange a session in your college by emailing Ellie Downes, Research Librarian at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pre-prints are not new. Some pre-print servers such as arXiv have been going since 1991;
however, there is increasing interest in the use of pre-prints as part of the
move towards open access publishing and open scholarship in general.
What are they?
Pre-prints are versions of your paper before it has been submitted to peer-review. The use of pre-print servers varies significantly between disciplines, being an embedded and well known practice in areas like Physical Sciences, and almost unheard of in others.
Why should I bother?
Posting a pre-print on a specific pre-print server or
repository means your work has the potential to reach other researchers in your
discipline and citations can accumulate, earlier. It is also useful to gather
early feedback on the paper from your peers, before the official peer-review
process of the journal you submit to.
Will my paper be
Contrary to some fears, pre-prints can actually help protect your work from being ‘scooped’. Most servers register the papers on receipt enabling you to establish provenance should another very similar paper be published after yours. Many pre-print servers enable you to add a DOI allowing you to keep track of your paper and its citations.
University researchers are not
restricted from using preprint servers by the institution. Individual
researchers considering submitting a paper do need to check
the funder and journal to see if any restrictions apply. This can be done
using SHERPA/ Romeo
and searching the journal you are considering submitting to.
As stated above, there are preprint servers for different disciplines and institutional repositories can host preprints. The benefits of submitting preprints in terms of citations, engagement and impact will not materialise unless the author/college publicise the paper themselves especially in disciplines which are only just starting to use pre-print servers.
ISS Research Support are happy and able to assist researchers with information regarding journal restrictions, and which pre-print server may be most appropriate. We have a list of pre-print servers and open access repositories here.
“Open Access Mandate: All H2020 projects must provide open access (OA) to all peer-reviewed scientific publications that stem from project activities, immediately or otherwise within 6/12 months of publication where publisher embargoes apply. Non-compliance can lead to a grant reduction and potential sanctions”
Read the JISC scholarly communications blog post by Frank Manista to find out how you should be meeting your Horizon 2020 open access obligations. See http://bit.ly/2vubWQF for:
OA Publications resulting from a project Open Research Data Project