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Open Access


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  • Submit your article to the Open Access team at the University Library, to meet HEFCE and Research Council Open Access requirements

Introduction and background

The Open Access is a global movement to make scientific and scholarly literature openly accessible online to all users, free of charge so that everyone benefits from the dissemination of knowledge and information.

Open Access models

There are two main models of OA:

  • Green OA: publishing in a traditional journal and make the article/data available in an institutional website, repository or archive (self-archiving).
  • Gold OA: making your article immediately and freely available on the journal website, often (but not always) on payment of an article processing charge (APC).

University Policy

The University of Cambridge is committed to the dissemination of its research as widely as possible, and supports the principle that the research that has been publicly funded should be freely accessible by the public.

The University recommends Green OA as the most cost-effective, sustainable way to achieve greater public access to research outputs and supports Gold OA where funding is made available for this purpose by the research funder.

What about the funders?

EPSRC and other Research Councils expect any peer-reviewed research papers in journals, which acknowledge Research Council funding and were submitted after 1st April 2013 to be compliant with the RCUK policy on Open Access.

This policy is described on  and includes both Gold and Green Access.

The University of Cambridge can currently pay Article Processing Charges for certain research councils:

What about the next Research Evaluation Framework (REF)?

HEFCE has announced its new policy on Open Access. This policy means that for any article you might want to submit to the REF, you need to make the author accepted manuscript (the version post-peer review but before copy editing) freely available online.

To facilitate the University Library has created an online upload form.  You can upload your accepted manuscript and the Open Access team will help you to meet Open Access requirements of your funders and the REF.


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