What is Open Access Publishing?

Open Access is unrestricted, on-line access to peer reviewed and published scholarly research.

Open Access literature is free to access including for those who do not have personal or institutional subscriptions to journals, and free from most copyright and licensing restrictions. What makes it possible is the internet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder. 

  • It benefits authors by making your work easily accessible and therefore more likely to be read and cited by people who do not have access via personal or institutional subscriptions to journal.
  • It benefits society by making research available to all, and is not dependent on the ability to subscribe to the journal or pay or download particular paper.
  • It makes notoriously elusive items such as some conference papers and posters, unpublished works and out of print items easy to obtain.
  • It benefits the University by publicising its research.
  • Many major funding bodies now require that research outputs produced as a result of their funding are made available open access. These include all UK Research Councils, NIH, EU, Wellcome Trust.

The University recognises that the principle of open access to research allows for greater visibility of research, stimulates new research opportunities leading to greater research impact.

Making research outputs Open Access is now a key policy for major research funders and is common practice across the university research sector. This recognises that publicly funded research is a public good that should be made openly available where it is legally, commercially and ethically appropriate.

This University’s open access policy is therefore designed to foster broad and inclusive practices of open access publishing across the University and to enable its researchers to comply with funding bodies’ requirements on open access to research outputs.

The University launched its Open Access research repository in Jan 2016, based on the EPrints platform.  This superseded the existing DSpace repositories, the contents of which were migrated into the new repository.

The repository is available here: http://repository.uwtsd.ac.uk


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