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Library Research Support & Services 2020: Publishing, Open Access & Impact

Publishing of research outputs is in a state of change with funders, institutions and authors working towards new approaches to the practice of Open Scholarship.  This has implications for choosing where to publish, considering transfer of copyright to publishers and using digital tools to connect outputs with authors, institutions and funders in order to track impact and measure research.

journal evaluation advice

Open access publishing advice

promotion of research and research evaluation

University of Plymouth staff discuss Open Access

Steps to Open Scholarship & increased publication impact


Using a preprint server or open journal submission system to get your research findings into the public domain as soon as possible

Engaging with open peer review by submitting to journals that operate an open peer review process, or by reviewing for these journals and posting your reviews online

Considering your publisher's sharing policies (use Sherpa Romeo)

Questioning the Copyright Transfer Agreement with your publisher and whether a Licence to Publish may be suitable

Providing the publisher with ORCiDs of all authors to ensure attribution and data flow

Ensuring your affiliation submitted to the publisher includes University of Plymouth and any grant details

Depositing your accepted manuscript via Elements to PEARL

Sharing your underlying data according to FAIR principles (as open as possible, as closed as necessary)


Some of these approaches are more suited to some disciplines than others.  For any questions on ways to share your work within Copyright, contact your Information Specialist.

[With thanks to Reading University: 12 things you can do to be open]