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What is Open Access Publishing?

Open access makes research outputs (eg articles, data) accessible free of charge online and without subscription barriers, sometimes after an agreed period has elapsed since initial publication. It complements and extends the established practices and rigorous selection of publications in peer reviewed journals and elsewhere, operating in parallel with conventional publication channels. The University has adopted a policy on Open Access to Research Outputs.

How Does Open Access Publishing Work?

There are two main routes to open access publishing The  Green route typically involves depositing the final manuscript version of your publication in a local repository such as ARAN at NUI Galway. Alternative approaches include deposit in a subject repository like PubMed Central or publication in any of more than 10,000 open access journal listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals. The Gold route  operates on the basis of paying an Article Processing Charge (APC) to the publisher of a subscription journal so that your article is made available without charge to the reader.

Open Access Publishing at NUI Galway

NUI Galway supports Green open access publishing via the ARAN (Access to Research at NUI Galway) repository. This involves no costs to researchers and enables you to deposit the final manuscript version of your papers in the ARAN repository, where they will be published on open access and usage statistics will be readily available to you. The Library will work with you and will manage most of the process. 

NUI Galway's policy Open Access to Research Outputs, adopted by the Academic Council in October 2015, aims to promote open access to the University’s publications. Authors of peer-reviewed articles and peer-reviewed conference papers resulting from research carried out at NUI Galway must deposit a copy in the ARAN (Access to Research at NUI Galway) repository. ARAN enables easy discovery of publications throughNUI Galway's policy on  global search engines such as Google and complements IRIS by linking from author profiles to the full text of University publications.

NUI Galway has a policy of providing access to PhD theses in both print and online format. Online publication enables immediate access to a thesis from anywhere in the world and offers the potential for a thesis to be cited more frequently in other research publications.  This gives NUI Galway research and researchers greater exposure. PhD candidates must submit one hard-bound copy of the thesis to the Student Information Desk and an online copy to the Library via the ARAN (Access to Research at NUI Galway) the institutional repository.

For further information, guidance and support please consult the Library Guide on Open Access Publishing. It includes information about Open Access Publishing at NUI Galway and How to submit your publications to ARAN and How to submit your e-thesis to ARAN