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5 things you never knew about open access at Leeds

Published Tuesday 14 October 2014

5 things you never knew about open access

To mark Open Access Week (20-26 October) here are five things you never knew about open access publishing at Leeds, drawn from our institutional repository, White Rose Research Online.

  1. There have been over 1 million downloads of papers held in White Rose Research Online (WRRO)
  2. Open-access papers are downloaded and cited more than three times as often as equivalent articles available only through journal subscriptions*
  3. The most popular Leeds paper in White Rose Research Online, "Extinction risk from climate change", has been downloaded more than 36,000 times
  4. The most popular Leeds author is Malcolm Heath, Professor of Greek Language and Literature, whose papers have been downloaded more than 47,000 times
  5. You don't always need to pay to make your journal article open access. Many subscription based journals allow authors to make a version of their paper open access by adding it to White Rose Research Online. 

To make your paper open access, upload the post peer-review version of your paper into the University publications database (Symplectic). Library staff will check any copyright restrictions before making it openly available in the institutional repository, White Rose Research Online.

Find out more about Open Access at Leeds at http://library.leeds.ac.uk/open-access or email research@library.leeds.ac.uk

* RIN. 2014. Nature communications: a citation analysis. [Online]. Available from: http://www.nature.com/press_releases/ncomms-report2014.pdf