Answered By: Amy Campbell
Last Updated: 16 Jan 2018     Views: 2

Your work is your own and you can choose where you publish it, however you should also bear in mind any costs your choice creates for Leeds Beckett. 

The Green model is favoured by HEFCE for the REF as it requires no upfront fees to be paid by the researcher or the institution. 

The Gold model requires a fee in the form of an Article Processing Charge (APC) to be paid before publication. This can be a large amount of money, so the Director of Research must authorise this payment before submission to the journal. 

Many journals now use a Hybrid model, meaning the researcher chooses whether to use the Green or Gold model for their article. If this an option for you, you are recommendeded to choose Green unless there is a specific reason to choose Gold. Please speak to your Director of Research or contact the Research Services Team if unsure.