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  • 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.

  • 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 Library facilitates open access publishing by managing the Insight institutional repository

    See here for more information.

    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?

    Anna Lupton 

    Research Infrastructure Librarian | Information Services

    T: 01539 430274. Ext: 5274 | E:

  • 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.