The University of Dundee's Core purpose is to,"transform lives, locally and globally through the creation, sharing and application of knowledge."
How does making my research open access fit into the overall vision of the University?
Open access refers to research work, freely available online, unrestricted by payment or subscription costs with limited copyright and licensing restrictions.
More than just making research visible to read it allows others to re-use and build upon the research so potentially anyone can benefit from this knowledge worldwide.
Accepted for publication? Email Discovery@dundee.ac.uk immediately.
There are three strands to compliance that you need to consider when publishing:
We offer a mediated deposit service.
Send your Author accepted manuscript (AAM) and email from the publisher confirming acceptance to the journal or conference proceeding and we will create the record for you in Discovery.
We will ensure any embargoes that need to be set on the AAM are in line with the publisher and funder embargo periods. We will also ensure if you are subject to REF2021 open access policies that these have been met as well.
Contact us as soon as you have had your research accepted for publication! Our objective is to support you.
You do the research, we do the admin!
If you are publishing gold open access, or are funded by Wellcome Trust or UKRI for example, you will be required to apply a Creative Commons license to your work. Under copyright law your original research is already considered "all rights reserved" but this means that your work cannot be used or built upon without someone specifically asking you for your written permission to reuse your work.
Creative Commons saves time and effort as it allows potential users to immediately see what they are allowed to do with your work as the license attached indicates the level of re-use.
There are six licenses available to choose from. Please note some funders will only accept a CC-BY license being applied to a publicly funded research paper. Always check your publisher agreement to ensure the correct type of license is applied.
PhD and Research Masters at the University of Dundee are required to submit one digital copy of their thesis to Discovery Research Portal.
Benefits of institutional repositories are global. Access to research worldwide is enabled regardless of the economic status of a country. This increases the potential for international collaboration between Dundee and other organisations.
In cases where it is necessary to restrict access to the full text of a thesis, an embargo which can vary in duration, can be applied following consultation with your PhD supervisor.
In the case of Ph.D. theses funded by UKRI, metadata describing the thesis should be lodged in the institution's repository as soon as possible after award and a full text version should be available within a maximum of 12 months following award. It is expected that metadata in institutional repositories will be compatible with the metadata core set recommended by the ETHOS e-thesis online service.
Will making my thesis open access interfere with my chances to publish the work as a monograph at a later stage? A useful chapter which covers this topic is, Cirasella, J., & Thistlethwaite, P. (2017). Open access and the graduate author: A dissertation anxiety manual. In K. L. Smith & K. A. Dickson (Eds.), Open access and the future of scholarly communication: Implementation (pp. 203-224). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
View theses in Discovery Research Portal (where there is a file listed under the title you will be able to access the thesis which is free to read).
Things you might hear being referred to in relation to open access (OA).