University of Leicester
The University, following a decision ratified by Senate on 27 May 2009, has joined a growing number of UK institutions, including UCL, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Southampton, in adopting an open access mandate for research publications. Open access means that a research publication can be freely accessed by anyone using an internet connection.
Academics are now required to submit their research publications to both the open access web-based Leicester Research Archive (LRA) and the internal central research publications database (RED). The LRA includes full text versions of publications where publishers’ terms allow it (or the bibliographic reference otherwise); RED includes only bibliographic references.
This policy will:
— enable analysis of Leicester?s outputs in the run up to REF and inform the selection of submissions;
— enhance the visibility of Leicester?s research, increasing usage;
— assist with compliance of research funders? open access policies and their open access audits. The policies of the Research Councils and other funding bodies can be found in this document;
— showcase Leicester?s research to potential collaborators and prospective postgraduate students;
— ensure a publication?s long term preservation.