University Open Access Policy is to ensure the widest possible access to its world-class research. Oxford researchers are asked to deposit their work into the university’s repository ORA (Oxford Research Archive), to boost research visibility, for digital preservation, to meet REF 2021 Open Access policy and to provide a comprehensive record for Oxford.
- Please Act on Acceptance: deposit into ORA, on acceptance, the accepted manuscript of journal articles and conference papers; record details of all other publications and add full text if possible. ORA will make them freely available online as soon as possible (subject to any conditions set by the publisher).
- Be aware of the REF 2021 open access policy, which requires papers accepted since 1st April 2016 to be deposited within 3 months of acceptance.
- Take into account the Open Access requirements set by your research funder
- Do they have an OA policy? Do you need to include OA costs in your grant application? Check Sherpa Juliet.
- Have a plan of when and where you want to publish and how you want to make your publications Open Access.
- Discuss and agree the approach with your research collaborators and co-authors.
- No funder? If you are an unfunded researcher, there is no central University OA fund to pay Article Processing Charges (APCs).
Information and assistance about Open Access.
- This site includes Help, FAQs and News.
- You are very welcome to seek advice in person from the Subject Librarians in the Bodleian Libraries.
- You may like to attend one of the iSkills workshops
Ways to achieve Open Access.
There are two main routes: gold and green.
- Publish your article in a subscription journal, and self-archive a copy of the accepted manuscript (the final peer-reviewed version) in our institutional repository, the Oxford University Research Archive (ORA). There are also subject repositories such as EuropePMC, ArXiv, SSRN. The manuscript is made freely available (after any embargo period set by publisher). No fee is charged. This is the green route and is the University’s preferred mechanism.
- Publish in an open access journal or a ‘hybrid’ journal with an OA option. You pay an Article Processing Charge (APC) to make the item available immediately on the publisher’s website. The OA option means there are no subscription fees for libraries or charges to individual users to read the article. This is the gold route and can be used where the publisher embargo on green is longer than your funder permits. If you need or wish to pay a charge by the publisher to make an item immediately Open Access via the publisher’s site, then make sure you include this in your proposed budget. Or in the case of RCUK and the Wellcome Trust and other former Charity Open Access Fund charities, apply for funds from the Block Grants they provide to Oxford.