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Open Access

A guide to open access at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Green and gold open access

There are two ways to make your research outputs open access:

Green OA 

  • Authors archive outputs, via Symplectic, in their institutional repository (e-space).
  • The version archived is usually the author accepted manuscript.
  • No additional charges are payable.
  • The publisher may stipulate an embargo period which means the actual output will not be immediately accessible until the embargo period ends.
  • The University supports green open access and this is the main type used at the University.

Gold OA

  • Research outputs are immediately and freely available on the publisher's website.  You can choose to publish in a wholly open access journal, or a subscription journal with an open access option (hybrid journal).
  • In most cases the publisher allows you to deposit the final published version in Symplectic.
  • You will usually need to pay an Article Processing Charge (APC) to make your article gold open access. The University has an APC fund and you can find out more about applying for an APC in this guide.
  • Even if you choose to make your output gold open access, you are still required to make sure it is in e-space.

Add your research outputs to e-space via Symplectic

Outputs are added to e-space via Symplectic which is Manchester Metropolitan University's current research information system, a platform for recording all of the University's outputs. Instructions on how to deposit in the e-space guide. If you require further help with depositing contact RKE at