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A guide to open access at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Make your research Open Access

There are two main ways to make your research Open Access: gold OA which usually involves payment of an article processing charge (APC) and green which involves depositing the output in an institutional repository (IR).

Gold OA means the full-text of the final published output (publishers’ PDF) is immediately available.

Green OA usually involves depositing a pre-publication version into the IR.  This may be immediately available or it may be subject to a publishers’ embargo which can vary but is typically between 6-24 months.  Funders such as RCUK and Hefce have laid down limits on these which can be found in the funders policies and mandates.