Benefits of open access to research

There are tangible benefits to depositing your research in ePrints Soton.  These include:

  • making your research more visible and available
  • promoting your work and that of other academics within your community at the University of Southampton
  • using it as a secure store for your research publications - which can help you to respond to the many requests for full text and publication data
  • contributing to national and global initiatives which will ensure an international audience for your latest research (other universities are developing their own archives which, together, will be searchable by global search tools)

REF, a new approach to research assessment

  • The REF will include citation metrics.
  • There is a growing body of research to show that open access to research increases the citation rate
  • Some researchers here have already reported a significant rise in their H-index after putting their work on e-prints

Strengthen collaboration

Researchers with their work in ePrints have:

  • had queries from other researchers working in their area
  • attracted interest from potential PGT and PGR students who have found research in their area of interest
  • used ePrints to find out who else is working in their area here in Southampton

Maximise exposure

  • ePrints is designed to score well in Google and Google Scholar rankings putting your work at the top of a search
  • developing research communities are making good use of repositories, China and India are in our top 4 users
  • other proprietary services now harvest from ePrints e.g. Thomson

Maximise reuse

ePrints is currently used by some schools to:

  • feed bibliographic information and PDFs of papers to researchers’ home pages
  • share information about the most recent research e.g. on LCD screens in foyers
  • make working papers and report series published by research groups available.

Fulfil grant requirements

  • All the main Research Councils, the EU and some other bodies now require that an open access copy of your work is deposited as a condition of funding
  • For some of these the institutional repository is the easiest place to deposit your work

What can I add?

  • ePrints can take all kinds of file including images and streamed media and you can add any work to which you own the copyright
  • It is University policy that you deposit:
    • your author version of journal articles and conference papers
    • a bibliographic record for all of your publications

What about copyright?

  • Over 80% of journal publishers allow you to make the final author version of your article available (post peer review, pre copy editing)
  • All they ask is that you put the full reference to the paper and the DOI at the top of your paper. You will want to do this so you are cited correctly anyway.

How do I find out the publisher’s policy?

  • We have some quick reference guides for the most popular publishers in your discipline
  • There is a webpage with a comprehensive listing (the national RoMEO service) at the point of file upload
  • If it is not on Romeo let us know and we will contact the publisher

Copyright transfer

  • There is the option of arranging a specific copyright transfer agreement with the publisher where you retain some rights, including deposit in repositories
  • We have example agreements if anyone would like them

For further enquiries contact eprints@soton.ac.uk or x22370