Open Access Policies
A summary of the policies that require open access, including the School policy, REF policy and RCUK policy.
There are several policies that mandate open access. The following is a summary of potentially applicable policies, but authors should also check their funding agreements, particularly for funders not listed below.
School Publications Policy
|Applies to||All staff writing papers.|
|Covers||All types of research output accepted after 1 April 2015.|
|Requirement||The metadata and author's final version of all papers must be entered into PURE on acceptance.|
|Allowable embargo||Any length of publisher embargo is acceptable.|
REF Open Access Policy
|Applies to||All staff who are likely to be included in the next REF.|
|Covers||Journal and conference papers accepted after 1 April 2016.|
Paper must be:
For most Informatics staff an embargo period of 12 months will be allowable. Staff who will be submitted to a non-Informatics REF UoA may have a longer embargo. Staff who are uncertain which UoA they will be submitted with should contact the Director of Research.
Exceptions may be available where the publisher requires a longer embargo – please contact the RDM team for more details.
Local information at http://web.inf.ed.ac.uk/infweb/research/ref/ref-open-access-policy
HEFCE policy at http://www.hefce.ac.uk/pubs/year/2014/201407/
RCUK Open Access Policy
|Applies to||All work produced from RCUK funded research.|
|Covers||Journal and conference papers accepted after 1 April 2013.|
|Allowable embargo||Variable dependent on publisher policies and funding availability.|
|Applies to||All work produced from Horizon 2020 grants.|
|Covers||Peer reviewed scientific publications.|
|Allowable embargo||6 months|