Yes. There are several reasons why you should do this. First, according to current HEFCE guidance the article must be in a repository to be eligible for the REF. It is not sufficient to be freely available on a publisher website. It also needs to be deposited within three months of acceptance – which in some cases may be before publication. Second, it allows us to advise you on the correct Open Access option to select if there is a choice. Third, if there is a fee to be paid and you are funded by RCUK or COAF, it allows us to confirm your eligibility for financial assistance, to commit funds from our block grants and to provide you with instructions on how to have the publishers’ invoice us directly.
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- What is the author accepted manuscript (AAM)?
- Which manuscripts should I upload?
- When do I need to upload?
- I have no funders or my funder has no Open Access requirements (e.g. a College fellowship). Do I need to do anything?
- I’m using arXiv, bioRxiv or another preprint server. Do I still need to upload my article?
- My journal asks me to sign a copyright agreement or commit to an Open Access option on submission, not acceptance. Can I get in touch earlier?
- Should I upload my back-catalogue of articles?
- I’m publishing Gold Open Access in an OA journal (e.g. PLOS). Do I still need to upload the AAM?
- What happens after I upload my article?
- Where do I start?