Open Access publishing means making material such as journals and conference papers available online for free for everyone to access and re-use.

It is essential for anyone performing research to understand and undertake Open Access publishing as it is a requirement for submissions to the Reference Excellence Framework (REF) 2020 and frequently a requirement of research funders.

To find out more about Open Access explore this guide:

Researcher Guide: Open Access

Reflecting the new policy for the next REF exercise, the University has implemented a mandate:

Research Committee - University Mandate: Open Access Post REF 2014 (PDF 112KB)
And the library has produced a supporting document on publication to sit alongside this mandate:

Guidelines on the Publication of Research: Written Publications (PDF 276KB)