This week is International Open Access Week. Now in its 6th year, this global awareness week aims to promote open access as a new norm for scholarship and research. Research shows that making your research freely available dramatically increases the number of citations and leads to more people downloading the research papers, this increasing the academic and societal impact of your research.
The gold route to open access is considered at the moment to be the most sustainable method in the long term, and was recommended by the Finch report. It involves publishing in a fully open access journal or website, or in a hybrid journal (i.e. the paper appears in the traditional print journal and is freely available online). Authors usually need to pay for their work to be published via this route.
BU has operated a central dedicated budget for open access payments via the gold route since April 2011. The fund is open to all BU academics and PGRs, and you can find out how to apply here: BU Open Access Fund
Find out about the GREEN route to open access publishing tomorrow!