It’s green for go on open access at the University of Oxford where a new open access policy asks researchers to lodge the accepted version of journal articles and conference papers in the university archive. “To ensure the widest possible access to its world-class research. The value and utility of research outputs increases the more broadly they are available to be considered and used by others. A core component of this is open access,” the policy pronounces. And green OA, which does not include pay to publish fees is preferred.
But while this is a powerful shot across the bows of the commercial publishers who want readers and/or authors to pay it is not one below the waterline of prestigious journals that are only available to paying subscribers. UniOxford, “continues to support the academic freedom of its authors (academics, researchers, staff and students) to publish where they choose.”