Open Access Publications: Full-Text Deposit Mandate
- What is it?
- Why do this?
- What does it mean for researchers?
- Quick Start Guide for researchers: flowchart
- PDF Guide
- Connect to Opus
- An Open Access Full-Text Publications Deposit Mandate signals the University’s intention to make the full-text of our research publications widely accessible and without barriers. The Mandate aims to achieve increased visibility, use and impact of Bath research publications.
- The University of Bath requires researchers to deposit full-text copies of their peer-reviewed journal articles and papers from published conference proceedings (subject to copyright provisions) in the University of Bath research repository, Opus1.
- The mandate applies to items published after 1 June 2011. Publications from 2008 onwards should also be added in readiness for the REF.
- The full-text of the paper and its details should be uploaded to Opus as close to publication as possible. See the Quick Start Guide for details.
- Optional deposit of other research outputs such as book sections, reports, working papers and conference presentations is supported. These items will be identified as peer-reviewed or non-peer-reviewed as appropriate.
- Full repository policies are available from the Opus website. The Library provides support for this activity and will check copyright permissions on all deposited papers.
- The Mandate has the support of the University Research Committee.
- Increasing the availability of full-text peer-reviewed research articles and papers will lead to improved citations2 and usage.
- Not all potential readers of your work can subscribe to the publication it appears in. Increasing journal subscription prices and University budget cuts will see alternative access routes to research papers (such as Open Access copies) more widely utilised.
- Some publishers allow authors to make their papers publicly available only if it is mandated by the institution or funder.
- Open Access is strongly supported by many funders, including the Research Councils, the European Commission, the Wellcome Trust and other charities3. These bodies already mandate that publications based on funded research must be made publicly available.
- Many other research-intensive universities have established open access mandates. This includes University College London4, Royal Holloway, University of Southampton, University of Leicester and others. This gives these institutions an advantage for publication dissemination and availability.
- Publication details in Opus will be re-used to cut duplication of effort by researchers. Opus can feed to researcher profile web pages and will be used for the University REF submission. Lists can also be exported for appraisal or CV purposes.
- Many researchers already make their papers available online. The Mandate aims to encourage this more widely to gain maximum exposure for research produced at Bath.
- Practically, the mandate requires researchers to save full-text copies of their peer-reviewed journal articles and papers in the University of Bath research repository, Opus4.
- Uploading a copy of your paper and its details takes less than 10 minutes. All papers are copyright-checked by the Library to comply with publisher policy and permissions, providing safe and legal online storage. The Library also provides help and guidance.
- For help and advice: contact Opus Staff, Kara Jones. They are happy to visit your office or provide advice by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: ext 4897 or 5114 (01225 38 + ext).
1. Opus is the University of Bath research repository, accessed from http://opus.bath.ac.uk/ All Bath staff and postgraduate students can submit publication details using their BUCS username and password to login
3. The Sherpa JULIET database lists funder policies for publications: http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/juliet/index.php