Learn about Open Access

Click on the links below to learn about open access and how to make your research open.

Resource pages

Open access – The basics

Finding open access material


Open access terminology explained


What can you make open?


Where/Who to publish with

For more detailed advice see our Getting Published Libguide 

  • Think Check Submit – A site that assists researchers in identifying trusted journals for their research.
  • Open journal matcher – A tool that matches a draft abstract with the best-matching open access journals.
  • How to make your work open access by Peter Suber
  • Sherpa Services – A suite of different tools:
    • Sherpa RoMEO – Check Publisher copyright policies & self-archiving for open access.
    • Sherpa JULIET – See funders’ conditions for open access publication.
    • Sherpa FACT –  To allow researchers to check if the journals in which they wish to publish their results comply with their funder’s requirements for open access to research.
    • OpenDOAR – A directory of academic open access repositories.

Identifying and locating the correct version of your work to deposit

  • Article Version Explainer – A guide to terminology
  • Direct2AAM – Shows authors how to retrieve their accepted manuscript from most common publisher submission tools.
  • Versions Toolkit – LSE guide to terminology, repositories & archiving; author agreements with publishers.