Open Access in a nutshell

Open Access raises the visibility of your research.

Open access in a nutshell

Open Access means that your work is freely available to be read and re-used by anyone with an internet connection.  Going Open Access raises your research visibility and impact: more downloads, social media mentions, and citations.  It means researchers anywhere can read your work and practitioners can apply your findings - and most publishers permit it in some form.

There are two ways to make your research open access: Green or Gold.

Green Open Access

  • Usually the version you archive should be your own final manuscript incorporating any peer review changes (not the publisher's proof or version of record).
  • Your final manuscript is made Open Access from the repository after any embargo period (typically 12 or 24 months) required by the publisher.
  • Green Open Access does not require the payment of any fees to the publisher.

You can deposit your publications in LRA yourself via your IRIS account if you are a member of academic or research staff, or you can email them to  The Library will check for any copyright or licensing conditions and only release your paper when we are satisfied when the relevant publisher's requirements are met.

Gold Open Access

  • Your work is made open access immediately from the journal publisher’s website as the final version of record.
  • The publisher will usually ask you (or your funder) to pay an article processing charge (APC) to make your work Open Access.

If you would like to make your work available under Gold Open Access, you will need to be able to access appropriate funding. APCs vary considerably between publishers, but typically cost around £1,600 per paper, including VAT.

The Library administers an Open Access Publishing Fund for research funded by RCUK, the Wellcome Trust and some other medical charities.

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