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Routes to Open Access


Green Route to Open Access

The Green route to open access is also known as self-archiving. Upon acceptance for publication, the author deposits their accepted author manuscript (AAM) into an Open Access repository. The published version of the paper will be available by the publisher, behind a subscription paywall.
Publishers will have a required embargo period, which must expire before the manuscript can be made publicly available. This embargo period can vary between journals, and is often printed in the Copyright Transfer Agreement, which authors sign over to the publisher at the point of acceptance. 
What does this mean to an LSE author?
Upon acceptance, LSE authors can email their AAM and details of the publication to lseresearchonline@lse.ac.uk. If possible, please also send a copy of the Copyright Transfer Agreement.
The team will check all the necessary copyright policies and make the paper available in LSE Research Online after the embargo period expires.

Gold (paid) Route to Open Access

The Gold route to open access is also known as the author pays model. Papers are made immediately available for download from the journal website, at no cost to the reader. Costs are either recouped by the publisher by other means, or they will request that an Article Processing Charge (APC) be paid by the author, or the author's institution, upon acceptance for publication.
What does this mean to an LSE author?
If you would like to publish in a Gold Open Access journal, check the Directory of Open Access Journals - a service that indexes quality-controlled Open Access Journals and their articles.
There is an Institutional Publication Fund available, to which LSE authors are welcome to apply for covering the cost of Article Processing Charges. See: LSE Institutional Publication Fund page for the criteria on how to apply. 

Creative Commons Licence

Materials that are available open access receive greater visibility, and attract more readers than their paywalled counterparts. Open Access encourages the use and re-use of that material, but what if you want to ensure your copyright and Intellectual Property Rights are protected?  

By placing a Creative Commons (CC) licence on your work, you are providing an explicit statement of how you agree that your material may be used by others. To find out more read the LSE Library blog post: Creative Commons licences: enhancing access to your work, securely.

Does your funder have an Open Access mandate?

An increasing number of research funders are mandating Open Access on any research published as a result of their funding. Examples of funders with Open Access mandates are Research Councils UK, Wellcome Trust and European Commission, as an underlying priciple in the Horizon 2020.

Make sure you check your funder's Open Access mandate and seek advice from your Academic Support Librarian on how you can comply.