Open Access to research publications

Open Access to research publications means making the full text freely available on the web.

We recommend that authors consider open access options for journal articles and conference proceedings pre-submission.  We are happy to provide advice.  Contact us at:

REF open access requirements require journal articles and conference proceedings to be open access within 12 months for Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine topics, and 24 months for Arts, Humanities and Social Science topics.  They must have been deposited into an institutional or subject repository within 3 months of acceptance.

Some funders require these publications to be open access in a shorter timeframe. Where the University holds funds provided by these funders these funds will only be used where necessary and appropriately to comply with funder requirements.

Making your research publications open access facilitiates discovery and sharing of your work.

Please email us at as soon as you have a journal article or conference paper accepted for publication.

Need to speak to someone?  Phone one of the team.

Whilst there are no open access requirements for books and other research outputs it is good practice to make publications open access where possible.  Please contact us at if you would like us to ask the publisher if open access is possible.  An exception to this is Wellcome Trust who require books and book chapters that are funded by them to be fully open access.

Open access training

Forthcoming drop-in briefing sessions.  There is no need to book unless otherwise specified against individual event - attendees can just turn up at each session.  Format first 1/2 hr open access to publications, second 1/2 hr research data management:

Next dates:


Kelvin Theatre Space which is at the back of level 2 of the library.

If you would like to arrange a session at a specific school or centre please get in touch.


Open Access Presentation - Full

Open Access Presentation REF - Key Messages



Authors are usually expected to sign and return a copyright agreement to the publisher.  The licence type to select to comply with funder terms if given a choice is usually CC-BY.  Other licence types such as CC-BY-NC or other extensions are often unacceptable to funders.

If asked to provide a copyright line as it should appear on the article the format is:

Copyright symbol, year, author name, standard copyright statement

For example:

© 2013  Initial. Surname. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

If there is more than 1 author add et. al. after the surname.

Need advice on copyright?  Contact:


Enlighten team Ext. 3852,