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.
Who can help?
Research Infrastructure Librarian | Information Services
T: 01539 430274. Ext: 5274 | E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Useful guides and resources:
- Guide to depositing in Insight
- Open Access Resources
- Open Access Policy [PDF]
- University of Cumbria Open Access Guide
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.