Open Access enables your research outputs to be read, downloaded and mined for text and data for free. LSBU's Open Access repository is LSBU Open Research. This is a full text repository, meaning that every record has a text attached. All outputs on the repository are easily and freely accessible to the global public.
LSBU's Open Access Policy requires LSBU academics to upload the accepted manuscript of any research publication within three months of the acceptance date into the repository. All your research needs can now be addressed in one place: Research and Enterprise Manager (HAPLO), and this is where you can create a record, and upload your research to be displayed on the repository.
Easy access on our public facing repository, LSBU Open Research, which is indexed by search engines and is free to access for anyone, allows people from all backgrounds to benefit from good research conducted in our institution
Recent research found that there was a 15% increase in readership of a journal copy of a paper when deposited in an Open Access repository. Researchers from all over the world can have full access to your work without journal subscriptions. This helps LSBU to maximise its real world impact.
Openness about the processes ensures clarity and trust in the research. For example, your data can be shared on our repository
Uploading your work to an institutional repository in a timely manner ensures compliance with the REF Policy, and means that your work can be submitted to the next REF.
You must upload your research publications to Research and Enterprise Manager (Haplo) in order for them to appear on LSBU Open Research. The Open Access Team will check your output record for you, ensuring you have uploaded the correct version, and that you have included all the information needed. We will also apply any licences and embargo periods that are applicable on your behalf.
You must add the final accepted author manuscript within three months of acceptance for publication. Please do not upload the published PDF unless you have confirmation that the output is in an Open Access journal
LSBU Open Research is a full text repository, so records will need to have a manuscript deposited to be made available
We cannot accept proofs of published versions of your research for copyright reasons.
The onus is on the author to ensure that their paper is correctly uploaded to the repository - do it as soon as you can to avoid your paper being non-compliant
Uploading your work is simple. As soon as your publication is accepted, create a record and upload your accepted manuscript.
Go to Research and Enterprise Manager (Haplo) and log in with your usual LSBU username and password
Click “My Research Outputs” on the right-hand side of the screen, then “Add Output”.
Choose the item type, and fill in the form as completely as possible. Then browse to upload the accepted version of your paper, add the acceptance date, and any other information you currently have.
Click “Save” at the top of the page. Once you’re happy with it, click “Deposit”, which will send it to us to check for publisher policies and embargo periods. You must remember to submit your work to the Open Access Team to check, or you risk your output becoming non-compliant. After these checks, your record will be made live on the repository.
Most outputs are made Open Access via the Green route, which means it is free for the academic to publish, and they are allowed to share the accepted version of the paper on a repository, usually with an embargo period set by the publisher.
Publications can also be made Open Access through the Gold route:
This sometimes incurs a cost (an Article Processing Charge) to the author or institution
The published version is made freely available to the public for no cost, immediately upon publication
It usually has a CC BY licence, meaning there’s no restriction on its reuse
LSBU has a small Open Access Fund which can be used to pay for pure Gold journals - see below for more information, and how to apply.
The charge must be mandatory, and not an optional one
The Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC-BY) must be applied, and no other
The maximum cost of the APC is £2,500 for a journal article, £3000 for a chapter and £5,000 for a book
Only APCs are funded – not submission fees, page or colour charges, conference fees etc.
Research must be original, and not reported elsewhere, i.e. not a review or a protocol
The corresponding author must be at LSBU
The journal/publisher must meet minimum quality threshold - use Think, Check, Submit if you are unsure
Please remember that permission for payment of OA fees has to be sought in advance, and will not be paid retrospectively. For further information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
LSBU has agreements with Sage, Springer, Taylor & Francis, Wiley, and Elsevier allowing LSBU academics to publish their work Gold Open Access for "free" in any of the journals that are included within the agreements. The cost is absorbed by the library, provided that the corresponding author is at LSBU, and allows immediate Gold Open Access. Not all journals are included in these agreements, so please check the spreadsheet below for journals that are eligible, or contact email@example.com for more information
You can search for an appropriate Open Access journal for your research by searching the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). This is a community-curated list of peer-reviewed Open Access journals, around 70% of which do not charge APCs.
You may need to check that you are choosing a journal that conforms to the particular criteria specific to your funder. For example, you may have agreed to publish your work with no embargo, meaning that you will either have to choose a journal that is pure Gold Open Access, or a publisher that allows Green Open Access with no embargo.
You can check this by using Sherpa Fact: https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/fact. You can also check whether your choice of journal is compliant with Plan S by using the Journal Checker Tool: https://journalcheckertool.org/. If you’re still unsure, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Research Data Management is part of good research practice, and helps you to look after your data through the life of a project. Many research funders have requirements around sharing data, so it is vital to make sure you are looking after your data safely and reliably so that it can be shared.
LSBU Open Research can be a long-term home for your data as well as your publications. Data can be made available within a range of access settings, depending on the content of the data. You can add data directly, following the Uploading Instructions, just select "dataset" as the type of output.
We run training on Research Data Management and on Writing a Data Management Plan, details of these courses will be found here. If there is no training coming up then please get in touch. This video from the UK Data Archive may be a helpful introduction to research data management.