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Manchester researchers' experiences of Open Access

Delia Bentley‌Professor Delia Bentley, Professor of Romance Linguistics

"The Library helped me make an informed decision when I opted for OA....In the first year after its publication, my OA monograph was accessed over 1,000 times. It was also published as a book, and there is no evidence that its availability online has affected sales...The speedy and wide dissemination of our work helped both my Research Associate co-authors find employment in academia."

Carl Death‌Dr Carl Death, Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy

"I published an article with a well-respected international journal, 'Global Governance,' but was subsequently informed that the publishers “do not allow copies of any version of the article to be posted on personal websites or in digital repositories.”...The Library’s Scholarly Communications Team looked into the issue and logged this publisher’s journals as requiring a possible exemption for the next REF. In future, journal attitudes toward Open Access are likely to play a bigger role in determining where I publish."

David Foster‌Professor David H Foster, Professor of Vision Systems

"For me Open Access seems especially valuable in gaining reach across disciplines. Earlier this year I published a short technical article under Gold Open Access arranged by the Library and it is already attracting citations."

Matt Lambon Ralph‌Professor Matthew Lambon Ralph, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience and Associate Vice-President (Research)

"I have found that making papers Open Access really does help other researchers find (and then cite) our articles. The headache of variation in publisher Open Access policies is taken away by the Library’s Open Access service...Now that papers also have to be Open Access to qualify for the future REF submission, this service is invaluable."

George Walkden‌Dr George Walkden, Lecturer in English Linguistics

"Open Access is the only sane future for academic publishing. Making our findings available to independent scholars, laypeople, and researchers in less well-off countries is the least we can do."

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