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Insight Research Repository and Open Access Video

open access and Insight video transcript

  • Insight Research Repository and Open Access - what, where, why and how?

    What is Open Access?

    Open Access (OA) is the term used to denote that research and scholarly outputs should be discoverable and available in a manner allowing unrestricted access. The University of Cumbria fully supports the principals of OA. 

    What is Insight?

    Insight is the name of the University of Cumbria’s repository of open access research outputs.

    Where does it fit in the Vitae Research Development Framework?

    Research Governance (RDF D2) Dissemination.

    Why should you do it?

    Insight makes your research outputs open access, ensuring they will be eligible for consideration for the next REF submission. Open access increases knowledge sharing, collaboration and innovation amongst academics.

    How do you do it?

    You can easily deposit your research outputs in Insight and the library will perform the copyright checks. For Journal articles and conference proceedings you must deposit the final version of your paper (the version which has been peer-reviewed but hasn’t yet been typeset by the publisher). As a researcher you can search other university open access repositories from around the world to find current research outputs.

  • Open Access - How to be REF compliant

    All journal & conference papers with ISSNs accepted after 1st April 2016 must be Open Access in order to be eligible for inclusion in the next REF exercise.

    You do not have to pay for Open Access to ensure your article is REF compliant.

    All you need to do is upload a copy of your accepted manuscript into Insight within 3 months of the acceptance date.

    The Accepted Manuscript is the peer-reviewed version of an article/conference proceeding that has been accepted for publication. The content of the article is the same as the published version, but it is not the final published article with the publisher's typesetting and layout (e.g. page numbers).

    Research England specify it must be at least the Accepted Manuscript. Many publishers do not allow the Version of Record to be made publically available through Insight (and the Version of Record may not be available within 3 months of acceptance). It is the author’s responsibility to make sure a record is created in Insight as follows:

    1. Add record to Insight within 3 months of acceptance
    2. Include the full acceptance date
    3. Include Author names (at least one from Cumbria)
    4. Include Article title
    5. Include DOI (if known)
    6. Include Journal title
    7. Include your ORCID id (if known)
    8. Upload accepted manuscript

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  • How and where to publish your work


    Once you are ready to share your findings, the next challenge is to decide how to disseminate your research so that it reaches the audiences that need to know about it.

    The Writing for publication (PDF) presentation slides offer an introduction to areas to consider when writing and deciding where to publish scholarly outputs.

    Open Access

    Scholarly publishing is currently changing, with a growing emphasis on open access to research. The University of Cumbria supports the principles of Open Access and encourages staff to publish in journals via the 'green' open access route.

    The Library facilitates green open access publishing by managing the Insight institutional repository. You can email for advice.

    Sadly, some unscrupulous people are taking advantage of the open access movement to set up what are referred to as Predatory Publishers. A predatory journal is one that will accept virtually any article as long as they are paid to publish that article. This is a list of publishers that may be engaging in predatory practices. If you are approched by a publisher or journal offering to publish your article open access for a fee (usually called an article processing charge APC), please check that they are reputable and legitimate. 

    To assess a journal or publisher’s credentials, use the Think, Check, Submit checklist, a cross-industry initiative to help researchers identify trusted journals for their research. Here are some initial questions to ask:

    • Are the article processing charges transparent?
    • If the journal is peer-reviewed, is the peer-reviewed process transparent? Can you visit the publisher's website and read about their peer review process? Are you able to access the author guidelines?
    • Is there information about who is/are the editor(s)? Is the information about the editorial board available and transparent?
    • Is the location of the publisher’s office available on their website?
    • Is the publishing process clear and transparent on the publisher's website?
    • Is the journal indexed in a database such as PubMed, CINAHL, etc.?
    • Is the publisher a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) ( or the Open Access Scholarly Publishers’ Association (OASPA) (

    Deciding where to publish journal articles

    The publisher of each journal title should be able to supply authors with enough information for you to understand the scope of the journal, the editorial board, submission process and so on.

    Things to consider:

    Peer-reviewed or refereed journal articles 

    • Subject to the scrutiny of other researchers in the same field
    • Author corrects and revises the article in response to comments from peers

    Scope and audience

    • Read the information for authors on the journal website to make sure your research fits the scope of the journal e.g. only review articles
    • Consider the best audience for your paper e.g. wide reaching or interdisciplinary; narrow, technical or highly specialised

    Open access policies from your funder or the University

    • Some funders, such as RCUK, stipulate that the public must have open access to research outputs they have funded, preferably upon publication
    • Make sure that the journal allows you to follow any funder or University guidelines
    • The University's open access policy can be found here.

    Prestige and reputation

    • Based on the standing of the publisher or learned society behind a journal
    • Academic colleagues can help establish the most prestigious journals in your field

    Journal impact metrics

    • Quantative metrics, such as Journal Impact Factor can be used to judge the impact of a journal title based on the number of citations it receives. There are limitations associated with this approach as a measure of quality; see here for more details.

    Where the journal is indexed

    • Can indicate the standing of a journal in a particular field
    • Can affect the likelihood of others discovering your work, for example by searching Web of Science or subject specific index.


    The Library can give you advice on dealing with copyright issues, such as seeking permission for including other people’s work eg an image or table in your own research.

  • Useful links and support

    Useful guides and resources:

    Who can help?

    Christian Stretton, Metadata and Open Access Librarian


  • Paywall: The Business of Scholarship

    This is a documentary that is well worth watching. It focuses on the need for open access to research and science, questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers, examines the 35-40% profit margin associated with the top academic publisher Elsevier and looks at how that profit margin is often greater than some of the most profitable tech companies like Apple, Facebook and Google. 

    Paywall: The Business of Scholarship (Full Movie) CC BY 4.0 from Paywall The Movie on Vimeo.

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