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Open Access

Open Access

Open Access enables your research outputs to be read, downloaded and mined for text and data for free. LSBU's Open Access repository is LSBU Open Research. This is a full text repository, meaning that every record has a text attached. All outputs on the repository are easily and freely accessible to the global public.

LSBU's Open Access Policy requires LSBU academics to upload the accepted manuscript of any research publication within three months of the acceptance date into the repository. All your research needs can now be addressed in one place:  Research and Enterprise Manager (HAPLO), and this is where you can create a record, and upload your research to be displayed on the repository.  

Why Open Access is Important

Increased visibility benefits society and the wider economy

Easy access on our public facing repository, LSBU Open Research, which is indexed by search engines and is free to access for anyone, allows people from all backgrounds to benefit from good research conducted in our institution

Increased readership, usage and impact

Recent research found that there was a 15% increase in readership of a journal copy of a paper when deposited in an Open Access repository. Researchers from all over the world can have full access to your work without journal subscriptions. This helps LSBU to maximise its real world impact.

Encourages transparency, reproducibility and collaborations

Openness about the processes ensures clarity and trust in the research. For example, your data can be shared on our repository

Research Excellence Framework

Uploading your work to an institutional repository in a timely manner ensures compliance with the REF Policy (link), and means that your work can be submitted to the next REF.

Uploading Your Work

Uploading Your Work


You must upload your research publications to Research and Enterprise Manager (Haplo) in order for them to appear on LSBU Open Research. The Open Access Team will check your output record for you, ensuring you have uploaded the correct version, and that you have included all the information needed. We will also apply any licences and embargo periods that are applicable on your behalf.

  • You must add the final accepted author manuscript within three months of acceptance for publication. Please do not upload the published PDF unless you have confirmation that the output is in an Open Access journal

  • LSBU Open Research is a full text repository, so records will need to have a manuscript deposited to be made available

  • We cannot accept proofs of published versions of your research for copyright reasons.

  • ResearchGate and are not REF compliant so registering your research there won't comply with REF or LSBU policy

  • The onus is on the author to ensure that their paper is correctly uploaded to the repository - do it as soon as you can to avoid your paper being non-compliant


Uploading your work is simple. As soon as your publication is accepted, create a record and upload your accepted manuscript.LSBU Open Research Home Page

  1. Go to  Research and Enterprise Manager (Haplo)  and log in with your usual LSBU username and password

  2. Click “My Research Outputs” on the right-hand side of the screen, then “Add Output”.

  3. Choose the item type, and fill in the form as completely as possible. Then browse to upload the accepted version of your paper, add the acceptance date, and any other information you currently have.

  4. Click “Save” at the top of the page. Once you’re happy with it, click “Deposit”, which will send it to us to check for publisher policies and embargo periods. You must remember to submit your work to the Open Access Team to check, or you risk your output becoming non-compliant. After these checks, your record will be made live on the repository.

For more detailed instructions on how to add your work in Research and Enterprise Manager (Haplo), click here: Uploading Instructions

If you need any assistance with uploading your work, email or book on to one of our monthly Open Access Update Sessions.

Paying for Open Access

Paying for Open Access


Most outputs are made Open Access via the Green route, which means it is free for the academic to publish, and they are allowed to share the accepted version of the paper on a repository, usually with an embargo period set by the publisher.

Publications can also be made Open Access through the Gold route:

  • This sometimes incurs a cost (an Article Processing Charge) to the author or institution

  • The published version is made freely available to the public for no cost, immediately upon publication

  • It usually has a CC BY licence, meaning there’s no restriction on its reuse

LSBU has a small Open Access Fund which can be used to pay for pure Gold journals - see below for more information, and how to apply.

Open Access Fund

  • The charge must be mandatory, and not an optional one

  • The Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC-BY) must be applied, and no other

  • The maximum cost of the APC is £2,500 for a journal article, £3000 for a chapter and £5,000 for a book

  • Only APCs are funded – not submission fees, page or colour charges, conference fees etc.

  • Research must be original, and not reported elsewhere, i.e. not a review or a protocol

  • The corresponding author must be at LSBU

  • The journal/publisher must meet minimum quality threshold - use Think, Check, Submit if you are unsure

Please remember that permission for payment of OA fees has to be sought in advance, and will not be paid retrospectively. For further information, please email

Open Access Fund Request Form

Click here to request use of the Open Access Fund:

Transitional Agreements

LSBU has agreements with SageSpringer and Taylor & Francis, allowing LSBU academics to publish their work Gold Open Access for "free" in any of the journals that are included within the agreements. The cost is absorbed by the library, provided that the corresponding author is at LSBU, and allows immediate Gold Open Access. Not all journals are included in these agreements, so please check the spreadsheet below for journals that are eligible, or contact  for more information

Click here for a list of eligible journals under Transitional Agreements: 

Finding an Open Access publisher

You can search for an appropriate Open Access journal for your research by searching the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). This is a community-curated list of peer-reviewed Open Access journals, around 70% of which do not charge APCs.

Funders and Policy Requirements

You may need to check that you are choosing a journal that conforms to the particular criteria specific to your funder. For example, you may have agreed to publish your work with no embargo, meaning that you will either have to choose a journal that is pure Gold Open Access, or a publisher that allows Green Open Access with no embargo.

You can check this by using Sherpa Fact: You can also check whether your choice of journal is compliant with Plan S by using the Journal Checker Tool: If you’re still unsure, please email




ORCID is an independent non-profit organisation that provides a persistent identifier – an ORCID iD – that distinguishes you from other researchers and a mechanism for linking your research outputs and activities to your iD. ORCID is integrated into many systems used by publishers, funders, institutions, and other research-related services.


  • Distinguishes you and ensures your research outputs and activities are correctly attributed to you

  • Reliably and easily connects you with your contributions and affiliations

  • Reduces form-filling: you enter data once, have it reused often

  • Improves recognition and discoverability for you and your research outputs

  • Is interoperable: it works with many institutions, funders, and publishers

  • Is persistent: you can use it throughout your research career

  • Having an ORCID iD is also a requirement of many journal manuscript submission systems and grant application forms.

To connect your ORCID to your Research and Enterprise Manager (Haplo) account, please follow these instructions: Connecting in this way means that [from late 2021] your LSBU and ORCID records will be in sync.

Instructions for Open Access