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Open Access at University of Reading: CentAUR repository

Information about support for Open Access publishing in the University

CentAUR - University of Reading's Institutional Repository

Red Circle with I 'heart' CentAUR written on itCentAUR is an electronic archive where you are able to add and store your research publications and outputs.

It not only acts as a permanent, central record of your publications data, but it also increases the visibility of and access to your published research outputs. Content can be accessed and downloaded worldwide for free.

By adding your recent publications and your back catalogue of works you can raise your researcher profile and increase the potential for collaboration. 

It is also the University's publications management system, and is used for internal and external processes and reporting, including ROSS, REF, and the UK research councils.

Authors are responsible for adding their own publications and research outputs to CentAUR. These include books, chapters, journal articles, published conference proceedings, reports, and arts outputs. Staff in the Research Engagement Team will check your entry for scope, duplication and publisher copyright permissions and will make it live for worldwide download.

Adding publications to CentAUR

To deposit publications in CentAUR, login with your University of Reading username and password, and go to Manage Publications. For instructions, download the Deposit Guide (see link below).

Once deposited in CentAUR, your entries are checked by the Research Engagement Team before being made publicly visible. This takes up to 2 weeks for publications dated 2021 or later. Older publications are a lower priority and may take much longer.

Output type to add

Do I need to add a metadata record (a citation)?

Do I need to add a full text, and which version?

When do I add them?

Journal articles

Yes

Yes - the author's final accepted manuscript* for example in Word

As soon as accepted for publication. Essential for REF compliance

Conference proceedings

Yes

Yes - the author's final accepted manuscript* for example in Word

As soon as accepted for publication. Essential for REF compliance

Book chapters

Yes

Not a requirement, but strongly advised - the author's final accepted manuscript* for example in Word

As soon as a publication date is confirmed

Books

Yes

No - but you may choose to add a sample chapter which should be the author's final accepted manuscript* for example in Word

As soon as a publication date is confirmed

Reports

Yes

Not a requirement, but strongly advised - the author's final accepted manuscript* for example in Word

On publication

Patents (published)

Yes

No

On publication

Arts outputs (exhibitions)

Yes

No

After it has reached the public domain, such as through performance, exhibition or publication

 

* The author's final accepted manuscript is the author's final draft. Usually this is a Word document, or a document composed in a publisher's template at the accepted stage. It includes all peer review corrections but has not yet been copyedited or typeset by the publisher. Most publishers do permit this version to be uploaded to a repository. Most publishers do not permit the publisher's PDF to be archived in a repository unless it has been published as gold Open Access. Research Engagement staff check the publisher's policy for each uploaded full text and set access or embargoes as permitted by the publisher. If they cannot find this information they will contact you.

You are required to add outputs published, or accepted for publication from 2021 onwards.

However, if these are back catalogue, rather than current, publications please be selective. Add only those publications which satisfy one or more of the following:

  • Eligible for submission for REF
  • Highly regarded even if not REF eligible
  • Important for your discipline, or for generating or supporting impact
  • You will include in the ROSS process for peer review
  • Are important for you for other reasons not included in the above list.

Contact centaur@reading.ac.uk before you begin and include a link to your publications on your previous university's institutional repository or your CV. The Research Engagement Team will advise on the most efficient way for you to add your back catalogue and for which outputs you will need to include a full text.

Once deposited in CentAUR, they will be checked by the Research Engagement Team before being made publicly visible. This takes up to 2 weeks for publications dated 2021 or later.

Back catalogue outputs dated 2020 and earlier are not required. If you choose to add these, please be very selective. Add only those publications which satisfy at least one of the following:

  • Highly regarded
  • Important for your discipline, or for generating or supporting impact
  • Are important for you for other reasons not included in the above list.

Contact centaur@reading.ac.uk before you begin and include a link to your publications on your previous university's institutional repository or your CV. The Research Engagement Team will advise on the most efficient way for you to add your back catalogue. You will not be asked for full texts.

Once deposited in CentAUR, they will be checked by the Research Engagement Team before being made publicly visible. This may take more than 2 weeks.