Open access publication routes
Self-deposit, green open access, repositories and depositing
An open access repository is an online service which stores, preserves, disseminates and allows free access to the research publications of an institution or scholarly community.
They are used for ‘green’ open access.
- acts as a permanent and stable archive
- usually has institutional or funder support and staffing
- is organised and managed
- uses international standards
- can assign a digital object identifier (DOI) and permanent URLs
- allows the author to indicate the copyright and licensing status of their work.
Repositories are usually freely available to access, with no login required.
Some journals allow you to post your accepted manuscript immediately on your personal or departmental website. However, posting on these or on social media sites like ResearchGate or Academia.edu will not fulfil requirements for open access. This is usually because these sites do not have the appropriate preservation or metadata standards.
The Oxford University Research Archive (ORA) was set up in 2007 as a permanent and secure online archive of research materials produced by members of the University of Oxford. It includes material from all disciplines within the University departments, providing a single point public access to this content. This also allows the University to comply with funders’ open access requirements.
The archive maintains:
- peer-reviewed journal articles
- conference proceedings by Oxford authors
- Oxford research theses
- working papers
- book sections
- other ‘grey literature’
- unpublished academic work
- research data.
ORA is maintained by staff within the Bodleian Digital Libraries System and Services Department of the Bodleian Libraries.
To see a ‘how to’ guide on using the archive, go to Deposit your work in ORA.
The current Research Excellence Framework (REF) open access policy needs you to deposit your articles in ORA even if you are also using a subject repository such as arXiv or EuropePMC. Subject repositories do not meet REF’s metadata requirements (such as collecting date of acceptance) and also may not meet Research England’s open access policy requirements.