Open Access publications are digital, online, free of charge and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. It is entirely compatible with peer review, all of the major Open Access initiatives for scientific and scholarly literature insist on its importance.
The ways that UK academics communicate their research are changing rapidly. Open Access has been around for some time. However, the new funding body requirements that research must be made available in an Open Access format means that researchers need to consider what this means for their research as a matter of urgency.
The University publications policy approved by Senate in July 2015 is that all publications are uploaded via the Research Information System (RIS) to the University of Essex Research Repository (IR) and, where possible, made open access. We encourage the deposit of the accepted version as soon as possible. Journal articles and conference papers must be deposited within three months of acceptance to be eligible for REF2021.