How can I publish my work as open access?

To make your work open access, choose either the 'green' or 'gold' route (subject to publisher or funder policies).

The peer review and publication process remain the same for both routes, and you should continue to publish in the most appropriate journal for your work. 

However, the University strongly supports 'green' open access, and encourages all UoB researchers to self-archive published and unpublished work in Pure or the University of Birmingham Research Archive (UBIRA), wherever possible.

Open Access Funds at UoB

Please note: As of 15th October applications for use of the University's Gold open access funds are governed by a new University Open Access Fund Policy (docx file - 271 KB). UKRI funded authors in particular should familiarise themselves to key changes.

There are three central Open Access (OA) funds currently available at the University. These are:

UKRI and COAF block grants are allocated to the University to enable researchers to comply with their funder’s OA policy. Awards are made to the University annually. UKRI and the COAF medical charities have set conditions for the use of their OA funds. Authors should note that some journals are not compliant with the requirements of the OA policies of these funders - Article Processing Charges (APCs) cannot be paid in such circumstances.

Please see our funders pages for more information.

The Internal Open Access Fund is available according to eligibility criteria on a case by case basis until the fund is exhausted.

Funders and open access

You may need to make your work open access to be compliant with your funders open access policy. Funders with open access policies include UKRI, Wellcome Trust, NIHR etc.

REF and open access

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) requires all published articles and proceedings submitted to the post-2014 REF to be open access.

Copyright and open access

You are strongly advised to read the terms of any Copyright Transfer Agreement (CTA) you sign when publishing your work, as most publishers require you to transfer copyright to them as part of the publication process.

The CTA will usually state if the publisher will allow you to self-archive using the 'green' open access route, and if any embargoes are required.

If you have chosen the 'gold' (paid) route to open access, you will usually be required to select an additional licence for the publication to state the terms it can be re-used.

Open access publications often use a Creative Commons (CC) licence, and funders often specify a Creative Commons Attribution Licence (CC-BY). Authors retain their moral rights and must be credited.

 Deposit to Pure

Use Pure to self-archive your accepted final manuscript in the University repository (UBIRA).

Meet University, funder and REF requirements with Green open access.

Deposit to Pure

 APC Request Form

Please note: As of 15th October applications for use of the University's Gold open access funds are governed by a new University Open Access Fund Policy (docx file - 271 KB). UKRI funded authors in particular should familiarise themselves to key changes before choosing which APC request form to use.

Apply for central funding to pay publisher article processing charges (Gold open access).

APC request form

Exception APC request form

Contact us

Email: openaccesspublications@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Telephone: 44 (0)121 414 3918