Birkbeck's Open Access Mandate

Immediate Deposit: Since October 3rd 2011, the academic board has required research staff to deposit metadata and full-text of the Author's Accepted Manuscript (i.e. the final version an author worked on after peer review, but prior to the publisher's proofing stage) of their publications in BIROn, immediately upon acceptance.

Optional Access: Staff decide who can see their full text.  Although the mandate strongly encourages Open Access, this does not have to be immediate and can be altered on request. This enables us to comply with publisher embargoes.

About BIROn

Easy deposit: With a streamlined process, researchers can complete a first deposit in less than 10 minutes.

REF-ready: Whilst showcasing Birkbeck’s research output, BIROn will also enable compliance with HEFCE's Open Access policy for the post-2014 Research Excellence Framework.

Copyright compliant: Copyright is thoroughly checked by BIROn staff.

Funder compliant: Many research funders like RCUK and The Wellcome Trust now mandate Open Access in some form.  BIROn helps fulfil these obligations.

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