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Deposit your work

How to deposit your work

To deposit a publication, you will need to provide some basic details such as article title, date of acceptance and full-text file. 

On your Symplectic homepage:

If your publication has already been found by Symplectic:

The Bodleian Library have produced webpages with more details about Act on Acceptance, alongside a 2min video guide how to deposit your work.

Note: there is no set rule for CC-BY (Creative Commons Attribution) on the Symplectic deposit form. If you leave it blank, the ORA team will release the manuscript under the correct permissions.
If you are paying an Article Processing Charge to the journal you must choose CC-BY so that the published article meets the funder requirement.

Why deposit?

In order to be eligible for the next REF, the final peer-reviewed manuscript (Author Accepted Manuscript - before typesetting and layout, see diagram below) of journal articles and conference papers must be deposited in an open access repository within three months of acceptance for publication (the date of acceptance being as given in the acceptance letter or email from the publication to the author).
This includes publications that are not peer-reviewed.

This guide helps you deposit your journal articles or conference papers in the Oxford University Research Archive (ORA), via Symplectic.

Note: Books & book chapters don't need to be deposited; if Symplectic mistakenly records a book/chapter as Journal article, it's possible to change the output type manually (on the publication page, click ont the pencil by 'Journal article' just above the publication's title).

Benefits of depositing in ORA

The purpose of ORA is to store and disseminate digital copies of Oxford research publications. Recent usage patterns show that it offers benefits beyond compliance with HEFCE policy, including publicity for authors, the promotion of research via social media, and global reach.

Who needs to deposit

All authors, academics and researchers employed by the University of Oxford, are strongly encouraged to deposit their manuscripts, even if they are not senior or corresponding authors. This requirement does not apply to DPhil students.
All articles accepted after the 1st April 2016 are expected to be deposited within 3 months of acceptance, regardless of the institution (even if the researcher was at another institution at the time). The issue of 'portability' of publications for the next REF is under consultation; until HEFCE provide further guidance we want to ensure we have everything.

One Oxford author can deposit the Author Accepted Manuscript on behalf of all other Oxford authors. Co-authors need to Claim the record, and check that a file has already been deposited

Since not all repositories meet the metadata requirements of the REF/HEFCE policy (for example date of acceptance), all authors are strongly encouraged to deposit all their manuscripts in ORA, even if the article is published open access.

Notes: Documents deposited in ORA are available only after the embargo period (the corresponding 'link' in Symplectic points to the landing area of the file in ORA)
To view the list of deposited article, select Repository status = 'Deposited' on the publications page.

PubMed PDF is generally not acceptable, depending on the copyright. Normally, authors have the right to deposit the manuscript version (AAM: Author Accepted Manuscript, final peer-reviewed version), not the type-set publisher version. In the case of 'gold' (paid for) open access articles, authors have the right to deposit the final published version. ORA will send a follow-up email asking for the AAM for the sake of completeness, but it is not compulsory to provide one.
Confusingly, AAM is called post-print on Sherpa (post-print does not mean post-publication; it's the author version, not the typeset version)

Act on Acceptance: Open Access and the next REF

HEFCE’s requirements are designed to ‘increase substantially the amount of scholarly material that is made available in an open-access form’. Please consult their FAQs page for further information.

Key points of the policy

What this means for researchers

Oxford’s message: you deposit; we’ll take care of the rest

The Bodleian team will check copyright and licensing conditions, create an ORA record and make the full-text available if and when it complies with the requirements of your publisher.

Further information can be found on the Open Access at Oxford website and their page on FAQs (or you can contact OA by email).
The Bodleian Libraries provide services to the Medical Science Division and NHS Trust; see the Bodleian/Medicine website.