Leeds University Library

All that glitters isn’t always gold

Published Friday 2 August 2013

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Green and gold open access research publications

There are many benefits of open access, and several reasons why researchers might want to make their research freely available:

  • Work can reach a wide audience quickly
  • It maximises the impact of research by making it accessible to a wider audience, not just those who have access to subscribed resources
  • Researchers want to raise their profile by having their work highly cited
  • Items in repositories will be more visible through internet searching and so help raise the profile of research in the University
  • Many research funders, including all RCUK funding councils and the Wellcome Trust, now stipulate that grant recipients must make research outputs openly available.

Green open access (OA) is via self-archiving, so authors/researchers deposit manuscripts in repositories. These may be disciplinary, eg ESRC, or institutional, eg the White Rose Research Repository at Leeds. There is no financial cost to the author in self-archiving.

Gold OA is via journals, which may be entirely OA or hybrid, where some articles are OA and others are only available to subscribers. It has the advantage of the paper being available immediately, without an embargo period.

Read more about open access publishing and find answers to frequently asked questions on our Researcher@Library webpages.