Open-access (OA) literature is:
As well as being Harper Adams University’s policy many research funders and the REF have a mandate that research outputs, including research data, must be available open access and increasingly with the most liberal re-usage rights, ie with a CC-BY licence.
JISC explains the Benefits of Open Access.
Gold Open Access – the publisher version of a publication is immediately and permanently freely available for anyone with internet access to read or download from the publisher site at the point of publication. This normally involves paying an Article Processing Charge (APC).
Green Open Access – a version of a publication is freely available via a Repository such as our institutional repository or one designated by the funder of the research (such as Europe PMC) The version of the paper is normally the ‘Accepted manuscript’ so it includes amendments after peer review, but not publisher formatting. Some publishers insist on an embargo before the manuscript can be made available, but increasingly funders are stating that embargoes are not acceptable, so do make sure you are aware of their requirements first.
Before starting to write your paper you need to check that you are able to meet the necessary Open Access requirements
To use the Gold route to Open Access the costs of publishing need to be paid, but this is the most effective and straightforward way to meet REF and funders’ requirements.
Possible means of achieving this are:
Using the Green route to Open Access is a free alternative
Research Funders’ Open Access Policies including the REF
You will find open access versions of most of Harper's research from the past 5 years in the Harper Adams University Repository.
It is hosted by GuildHE Research and managed by the Library. Approximately 2000 downloads are made from the Repository each month by people throughout the World so it is an effective way of increasing access to Harper research.