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Have your say - 'Read and Publish' deal with Elsevier

After a number of months of negotiation and work by both the Universities UK's 'Elsevier Negotiation Team' and representatives of Elsevier we have reached a point where we have a proposed deal that we need your views on. If this proposal is acceptable to the Warwick academic community it will form the basis of our agreement with Elsevier for the next three years.

The University of Warwick Advisory Group now invite you to view the consultation document and complete the feedback survey which will collect the views of the Warwick Community to be combined into the University's response to the consultation.

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What is OA?

Open Access (OA) is the practice of providing unrestricted access to scholarly outputs via the Internet.

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Why go Open?

The benefits of OA, UK and International policies.

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Routes to OA?

Choosing Green or Gold OA, copyright information or details of funds available and University agreements with publishers.

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OA at Warwick

We are always happy to discuss your route to open access publishing:


Open Access and the next REF

For the next Research Excellence Framework (REF) process there is a policy on open access.

This policy states that to be eligible for the inclusion for the REF journal articles and conference papers accepted on or after 1 April 2016 must be deposited into a repository. University of Warwick’s policy is that all outputs should be deposited in our institutional repository, WRAP.

Find out more about what that means for your research and submit to WRAP.

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Open Access news

Important changes to Open Access funding – Due to an overall reduction in the level of award for the 2020/21 grant year, and an unprecedented level of applications for payment of article processing charges (APCs) as we near the end of the REF cycle, the UKRI Open Access block grant is now closed to new applications. Find out more about how the Library will be managing Open Access funding requests after the start of the new grant year on 1 April 2021.

Cancer Research UK announce new open access policy – on the 30 April 2020 Cancer Research UK announced that they would launch a new open access policy to come into effect on the 1 January 2022. This policy will align with the ‘Plan S’ principles and they have committed to continue to provide fees for their funded researchers publishing compliant journals. CRUK are also in discussion with the other members of the Charities Open Access Fund about the future of the scheme with an announcement expected in May 2020.

Useful contacts

Email  openaccessfund at warwick dot ac dot uk

Hyperlink Warwick Research Publications team

Email the Scholarly Communications Manager scholarlycomms at warwick dot ac dot uk, or your department's Academic Support Librarian.