24th October 2017 – The Doctoral School has launched E|mporium, which is a new open journal for postgraduate work, do contact them if you would like a wider audience for your work or if you would like to take part in the publication process.

Publication: Scholarly Communications

Further Compliance

You can check if your intended journal complies with your funder’s open access requirements at

You should check self-archiving embargo periods at, it may be possible to achieve compliance without paying for open access

If you need to pay an APC to comply with an RCUK open access policy please contact  We don’t have funds for any other type of project at the moment but do contact us, we’re recording all requests to identify the size of the requirements, and we’ll get back to you if funds become available.

RCUK have some FAQs about their Open Access policy.

Article Processing Charges

Every publisher has money set aside to subsidise publications, so always ask for a fee waiver during the submission process

Your chosen journal may be subscription based, in which case there is likely to be no APC.  Fees may be charged for articles over a certain length, or for those with colour illustrations or diagrams.

A hybrid journal is subscription based with a paid open access option.  Open access can often be provided through the repository, deposit a copy of your author’s accepted manuscript and it will be made open as soon as the publisher’s policy allows.

Subscription offset deals are negotiated through the Library, ask at if you think there may be a deal available.  Currently there is an arrangement which allows free open access at a number of Springer journals (listed here).  It is called the Springer Compact Agreement; please don’t opt out of this, you won’t be charged.

Open Access journals usually charge for every article.

Data Repositories to store your data

You should make a record of your data in the Lincoln Repository, whether you choose to store the data there or somewhere else:

Copyright and Licences

  • REF (HEFCE policy on OA)
  • SCL

Publication Practice

Contact us at if you need guidance in choosing a journal.  We cannot give subject-specific information, which should be available in your school, but we may be able to point you to general guidance, such as this, and some advice on pitfalls such as predatory publishing.*

This site has a useful checklist to assess a potential publisher or journal. There’s another one here.

*Please note – Beall’s list of predatory publisher is currently unavailable (16th Jan 2017), we hope to link to the replacement if one is created.  In the meantime copies of the last versions of the lists have been cached.  There is a list of criteria for predatory publication at Wikipedia, and some more information at LSHTM.

There are ‘whitelists’ of journals that should be reputable at JCR (Journal Citation Reports) and at DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals)

Some publishers may allow you to archive a book chapter, there is a list here

UK Scholarly Communications Licence

In America Harvard launched their own licence, which meant that their researchers weren’t allowed to sign a contract that didn’t allow them to deposit in their repository; effectively they weren’t allowed to completely give away their work.  The law is a bit different in this country so it’s proved to be a bit slower here; the UK Scholarly Communications Licence is nearly ready and is set to launch during Open Access Week, which is the last week in October.  It is being developed by a team headed by Chris Banks (Imperial) and Torsten Reimer (British Library) and is likely to be adopted immediately by several institutions, I think Nottingham are in that first group.  There has been extensive consultation with many stakeholders, including the learned societies, and there will be extensive waivers and safeguards.

Lincoln is not yet ready to adopt the licence but details will be posted here as we prepare for it.

Some links about the benefits of Open Access publication

from Springer Nature

from Hindawi

and from AOASG (Australasia)

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