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Users' experiences

The Library talked to staff from various departments about their experiences of using Open Access publishing routes and the support available. Below are quotes regarding WRAP and the Green route Open Access and the Gold route and advice to colleagues new to Open Access

WRAP and the Green route

Simone Brioni, Teacher and MA

Simone Brioni, Teacher and MA

The WRAP program is really effective, and it has improved the impact of my research. One of the people responsible for this program came to my office and carefully informed me about this great opportunity. More

Kirstie Hooper, Research Fellow, Hispanic Studies

Kirstie Hooper, Research Fellow, Hispanic Studies

In terms of Green Open Access through the repository, I think it should be part of every academic’s work plan.
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Nicola Pratt, Research Fellow, PAIS

It’s good there are people working on WRAP who I’m sure understand what the difference is between different journals’ policies. The support of the people at WRAP is very important in order to be able to tell you ‘ you can publish this but you can’t publish that version.

I think the REF sort of prompts you into it because you’re reminded when you have to report to the Department about what your outputs are for REF. More

Matthew Nudds , Head of Department, Philosophy

They (colleagues) should be sure their work is on Wrap. That they should be making use of things like PhilPapers, to ensure things that they’ve published in journals is appearing in a place where people got to find literature. More

Open Access and the Gold route

Matthew Nudds, Head of Department, Philosophy

They (colleagues) should be sure their work is on Wrap. That they should be making use of things like PhilPapers, to ensure things that they’ve published in journals is appearing in a place where people got to find literature. More

Matthew Nudds , Head of Department, Philosophy

Simone Brioni, Teacher and MA

The WRAP program is really effective, and it has improved the impact of my research. One of the people responsible for this program came to my office and carefully informed me about this great opportunity. More

Mike Waterson, Economics department

Mike Waterson, Economics

I looked at the journal and it had a very long embargo period, 36 months, and I thought that is unlikely to be acceptable to the Research Council, so it seemed to make sense to go for Gold. More

Ed Smith, Research Fellow, Life Sciences

I think it is always easier to read the formatted papers. If researchers are looking for papers then they will initially go to the journal if something is Open Access in the journal. It does also means that the research is often open to everyone. We are publically funded so the public should be able to get access to the work that we do with their money; and people in institutions that can’t afford journal fees can read it as well. More

Pam Royle, Systematic Reviewer, WMS

Open Access journals are getting really good impact factors now though, so they’re attracting more people to put their work in. More

Julia Carroll, Psychology

Julia Carroll, Psychology

I’m also Associate Editor on a journal and so part of the reason I’m quite positive about Open Access is because I’ve seen that angle, so when we have our meetings, we see how different articles are downloaded and how they are cited, and I can see quite clearly how Open Access ones are downloaded much more often, they’re cited more often. More

Elizabeth Wonnacott, Psychology

So I went for Gold because the money was there to do it basically. More

Advice to colleagues new to Open Access

Ed Smith, Research Fellow, Life Sciences

I would tell them to contact you (OA at library). I’d say if they have the opportunity to go for it then do. I don’t think there is a downside from a researcher point of view, so try and publish Open Access if you can. If you can’t go via the Gold method then go Green, through WRAP. I’d probably point them towards the library website. More

Elizabeth Wonnacott, Psychology

I would advise them to email and find out if funding for the Gold route is available, because people just assume that if their grant doesn’t have the funding they cannot do it. I would say e-mail to find about because it doesn’t hurt to ask. In the end it’s maybe 20 minutes of your time to fill in some forms and send e-mails. More

Leslie Francis, Institute of Education

Leslie Francis, Institute of Education

My advice would be that the Gold route enhances visibility, it enhances visibility, it enhances potential for citation, it complies with a range of policy incentives. More

Pam Royle, Systematic Reviewer, WMS

I would think about the cost seriously, and maybe look at the ones ( Journals) that the University has these discounts from, and get a list of those. Explore all avenues because I do think it’s worth going Open Access if you can. In terms of getting your work disseminated and the length of the publications allowed in Open Access Journals, that’s an advantage. More