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How to add research outputs to Opus [download 'add research outputs' guide (pdf)]
A short, step-by-step guide to adding your research outputs to Opus.

'In a Nutshell' Guides

The University of Bath Open Access Full-Text Deposit Mandate [download mandate (pdf)]
The University's policy requires researchers to deposit full-text copies of their peer reviewed journal articles and papers from published conference proceedings in Opus (copyright permitting). Read this short guide to find out why and what this means in practice for you as a researcher.
Open Access: An 'in a nutshell' guide for busy researchers [download open-access guide (pdf)]
This short guide introduces open access, explains the 'green' and 'gold' routes to open access, and gives a brief introduction to the University and RCUK's open access policies.
Good practices for improving citations to your published work [download citations guide (pdf)]
Making your work available in Opus is one way of making it easier for other researchers to find and cite your work. Read this short guide for advice and tips on maximising citations to your work.
Research impact can be measured in many ways, including by quantitative indicators like bibliometrics and citation analysis. This guide gives a quick overview of bibliometrics and their uses. []
For more detailed information on bibliometics, there is a booklet available from the MyRI (My Research Impact) project that is recommended by the Opus team. []
Self-archiving and versions [download self-archiving guide (pdf)]
Self-archiving means making a version of your publications freely available online in a repository like Opus. Depending on your agreement with your publisher, there may be restrictions on which version of your work you can self-archive. Read this guide for an explanation of different versions and tips on managing versions.
Copyright and scholarly publications [download copyright guide (pdf)]
When you publish your work, you normally entre into a publishing agreement (often a Copyright Transfer Agreement) designed to achieve an effective balance of rights between author and publisher. This may set out the terms under which you can make further use of your work, for example for teaching, sharing with colleagues, and distributing via a repository like Opus. This guide offers a quick tour of copyright transfer agreements and alternatives publishing models, and their implications for you as a researcher.
Guide to journal rankings [download journal rankings guide (pdf)]
Before choosing where to submit your research paper, you may want to use journal rankings to find out which journals have more impact or higher citation counts. This guide gives a quick overview of rankings, outlines four of the most commonly-used ranking tools, and gives advice on how to assess journals which are not readily covered by rankings.