Today is the first day of International Open Access Week (http://www.openacessweek.org/ ), an annual celebration of all things “OA”. We at Cardiff University Press have supported OA Week each year since we launched in 2015. We’ve always been a 100% OA publisher – it’s part of what we do. But how do we define the “Open Access” concept, and what does that mean for our readers and authors?
Cardiff University’s OA policy defines OA as “a publishing model that enables peer reviewed articles to be freely available for anyone with access to the internet, rather than limiting readership to subscribers only. It opens up academic research to everyone and is strongly supported by the UK Government as a driver for economic regeneration”.
The most obvious benefits to you as a reader are that OA publications are free of charge. Someone else has paid for the publishing costs, so you don’t have to! But if you’re also an author, publishing your work via OA routes, you have lots of extra advantages. Here are just a few:
- In addition to making our publications available via the Press website, we deposit all of them in ORCA, Cardiff University’s OA institutional repository – whether they’re by Cardiff University members or not. This means we can help you to get your research noticed: ORCA preserves the publications for the future and makes them easier to find, as well as increasing their citation rate (how often they’re quoted) in many cases.
- OA publications are openly available for anyone with an internet connection to read, potentially creating a much bigger readership than if they were non-OA. This can strengthen links with external communities and make it easier for the research findings to have an impact in the wider world. Our usage statistics show that CardiffUP publications are read not only in the UK but also in countries around the globe, most frequently in the United States, India, France and Brazil.
- Many major funders of academic research require OA for any publications based on that research. The next Research Assessment Exercise (REF), which determines how UK Government funding for universities is distributed, will require all journal articles and conference proceedings submitted for assessment to be OA. Authors publishing papers of this type with us can rest assured that the OA requirement has been taken care of.
To celebrate Open Access Week, CardiffUP’s Executive Officer Alice Percival will present a talk entitled “Cardiff University Press: get involved, get published” on Thursday 25 October. Open to all Cardiff University staff and students, the talk includes information on working with and publishing with the Press. It’ll be of particular interest to early career researchers and PhD students. Contact mailto:email@example.com for more details, or to book a seat.