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Welcome to the Understanding Open Access, copyright and publishing 
Workshop Guide


Workshop Aims and Outcomes


University of Suffolk is launching the institutional repository Open Access Repository Suffolk. ( The repository will become the institutional record for all scholarly and research activity produced by staff during their employment with University of Suffolk, capturing outputs including journal articles, monographs, chapters, conference papers, posters, as well as non-print formats such as digital, artifacts and performance.

The purchase and implementation of OARS is key to the institutional goal of submitting to REF 2020. the REF has set criteria for submission in relation to open access and making publicly funded research freely available. It is necessary for University of Suffolk staff to make these criteria part of their decision and selection process when looking to disseminate their research.


The aim of this workshop is to enable staff to understand the decision processes and support available when publishing, and depositing materials within OARS.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the session students will:

  • Understand the differences between Gold OA and Green OA

  • Understand funding, embargoes and other things to consider when publishing research

  • Understand the University of Suffolk Open Access, copyright and publishing policy

  • Use the University of Suffolk Institutional Repository—Open Access Repository Suffolk, OARS

Outline of session

Given the intended learning objectives the expectation is you use the workshop as an opportunity to engage with the tools being signposted as information providers for you own publishing routes, and to raise questions for discussion.

There will be hands on opportunities to deposit materials within OARS.

The session will include the following

  • Discussion on ‘routes for OA publishing a critical decision within research dissemination’
  • Discussion on 'outline the requirements funder may have in relation to OA and research dissemination and how this impacts on gold / green route, journal choice and embargoes.'
  • Demonstration to introduce OARS, and give everyone a chance to deposit a dummy licence and view content.

  • Discussion on work to deposit retrospective materials and self-deposit ready to begin.

Workshops Details

Level: Workshop
Length: 1 hour
Prerequisites: None
Linked Modules: None
Delivery Method: Face-to-face

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