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Research Publishing (Open Access): FAQs

Open access compliance and REF 2021

Open Access: FAQs

UHI's Researcher Resources pages includes advice on some common Open Access queries.  

The Open Access Compliance Officer welcomes new enquiries.

Frequently asked questions

Q. Do UKRI (RCUK) provide FAQs?
A. Yes, the REF OA policy, FAQs (last updated 26 April 2018).

‚ÄčQ. If an article has already been published via an open access only journal, or via other media such as an author's personal website, does the article also have to be deposited in PURE?
A. Yes, this applies to the author version of journal articles and conference proceedings with an International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) that have been accepted for publication after 1 April 2016, must always be openly available on the institutional repository regardless of whether the published articles are openly available or by subscription only – it does not make reference to how the article has been published elsewhere. This requirement does not apply to monographs, book chapters, other long-form publications, working papers, creative or practice-based research outputs, or data.

Q. What version of the article should be uploaded into PURE?
A. This is dependent on several factors. If the article has been published via the Gold model, then the post-print (author-accepted manuscript) version can be uploaded. If the Green model has been used, then it may be either the pre-print (author's original) or the post-print (author-accepted manuscript), depending on the license terms agreed with the publisher. UHI's Researcher Resources guidance provides a simple workflow.
Confusion may also arise because some publishers actually make early versions of articles available via their own interfaces. An example of this is manuscripts which have been accepted for publication in Elsevier journals but have not yet been assigned to specific issues. Science Direct identifies these as Articles in Press which may be cited via DOI prior to official publication.

Q. What is the deadline for depositing research outputs in PURE?
A. Three months from the publisher's formal acceptance (whatever the communication format). Not, as sometimes believed, three months from publication.