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Benefits of Open Access


Open Access provides many benefits to researchers, the College, collaborators, practitioners, policy makers and the public.

Adding content to Pure and then making it OA via Pure increases the visibility and discoverability of the work.

From September 2019 to September 2020, there were 205 000 downloads of content from Pure.

The top downloaded article was downloaded 2342 times: Personality Traits and  Personal Values: A Meta-Analysis from the Department of Psychology

The top downloaded thesis was downloaded 3218 times : "The Dangerous Edge of   Things": John Webster's Bosola in Context and Performance from the Department of Drama, Theatre and Dance

Royal Holloway colleagues have also been providing their views about OA:

Dr Jessie Ricketts from the Department of Psychology explains why Open Access is so important for her publications.

Dr Gwilym Eades from the Department of Geography gives his views on the benefits of Open Access.

View Royal Holloway's research outputs and researcher profiles

  1. College OA Policies for research outputs and PhD theses:The Academic Board at Royal Holloway formally endorsed an Open Access Publications Policy for Royal Holloway in December 2009. This Policy has required researchers to submit a version of their research into the College's Research Repository since the 1st September 2010. Publications are submitted using Royal Holloway’s research information system, Pure. The E theses submission policy requires PhD students to submit their PhD thesis to Pure.

  2. Opening up access: traditional journal subscription models meant that access was restricted to those who can afford to subscribe, belong to a subscribing organisation or who have internet access.

  3. Citation advantage and impact:

    Swan (2010) The Open Access citation advantage: Studies and results to date: http://eprints.ecs.soton.ac.uk/18516/:

    Studies finding a positive open access citation advantage = 27

    Studies finding no open access citation advantage (or an OA citation disadvantage) = 4

  4. International access and visibility : in October 2020, 385 College PhD theses were viewed via the British Library's Ethos e-theses service from countries including UK, United States, South Africa and China.

  5. Increased access and discoverability : for collaborators, practitioners, researchers, public and research informed teaching. Publications appear on College staff and PGR profiles which are created using information added on Pure, and can be found via internet search engines. College authors will also benefit from articles being made OA by other authors so get the benefits both as creators and users of research outputs. 

  6. Research England  REF 2021 Policy for Open Access: which states that for the next REF, articles and conference papers (published with an ISSN) accepted after 1st April 2016 must be deposited into Pure within 3 months of the date of acceptance.  Please see the REF OA page for more information.

  7. Funders requirements including RCUK's Policy on Open Access : states that all peer-reviewed research papers that acknowledge Research Council funding submitted for publishing from the 1st April 2013 onwards, and are published in journals and conference proceedings, must be made publicly available through OA. For more information, including the APC application form, please see the Research Council OA page for more information. The annual returns to UKRI show that the College is regularly achieving a very high level of compliance with the policy.

  8. Opens up discussion and negotiation with publishers about publishing and subscription costs and new transitional and transformative agreements are being created. 

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