local support This post is by Beccy Shipman, Research Support Advisor from the Research Support Team based in the Research Hub on Level 13 of the Edward Boyle Library.

This significant milestone was reached earlier this year when “How Sharing Can Contribute to More Sustainable Cities” by Dr Milena Büchs (School of Earth and Environment) and colleagues was uploaded to White Rose Research Online via Symplectic.  This reflects the accelerating pace of deposit – numbers have doubled since December 2015 and could hit 25,000 by the end of 2017.

“I think open access research repository systems like Symplectic are very useful tools in today’s research world” says Dr Büchs. “The process of uploading your paper is very easy and just involves a few clicks, and it means everyone with internet access can search for and read our work. This is important because academic research should benefit everyone, not just those who have privileged access to expensive journals”.

Papers uploaded to Symplectic are available online to read, download and re-use via White Rose Research Online as soon as any publisher embargo expires and subject to licence terms. They are also searchable via Google Scholar, CORE and other search engines which helps to increase their visibility, reaching wider audiences and creating more opportunities for people to see, engage, consume and build upon. Submitting your full text papers to Symplectic as soon as possible after acceptance for publication will also help you meet funder requirements and preserve your eligibility for REF 2021.

Staff in both the Library and Research Innovation Service are working with school and faculty-based contacts in a variety of different ways to support academics, helping them ensure their work is open access and REF-ready.

Professor Nick Plant, Dean of Research Quality and Impact said, “It is very encouraging to see the rapid increase in deposit that has taken place since 2015.  Open access helps our research reach the widest audience possible, increasing its impact, as well as helping us to meet our obligations to funders and supporting our REF2021 submissions”.

Please contact the Research Support team in the Library should you have any open access queries.

There is also local support offered to help support you with HEFCE open access compliance.