'Open access' refers to unrestricted, online access to the published findings of research. As a leading research institution in the UK, the University of Bath has supported open access for many years with our repository, Opus, and our small team of OA experts based in the Library.
The profile of open access to published research outputs has increased recently with the recent announcement of the HEFCE Policy for open access in the post-2014 Research Excellence Framework. This blog aims to help authors and researchers at the University of Bath understand the policy and it's implications. A Ginger Group on Open Access has been established to help communicate the policy and ensure we are providing support to enable and inform our researchers.
A 3 Step Guide has been developed to help - take a look here: http://go.bath.ac.uk/openaccess
If you are new to Open Access then we can recommend a few great places to start on your OA education.
And for some UK focussed starters:
The UK Open Access Implementation Group, which includes a great page with many links to OA resources.
The Finch Report and the Research Councils UK (RCUK) Policy on OA Publication are currently receiving a lot of attention in UK Higher Education
If you have a spare 8 minutes, this animated comic from PhD Comics outlines the OA situation very well: