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Postgraduate Students: Open Access

This Research Support Library guide provides a general resource on research information and will be updated regularly. The Library Subject Guides provide subject specific information and should be used alongside this guide.

What is Open Access


Open Access(OA) refers to freely available online information. Open Access literature is free of charge and often carries less restrictive copyright and licensing barriers than traditionally published works, for both users and the authors.

 Essential Reading Open access overview by Peter Suber

What are the Benefits of Open Access

Open Access to research increases its visibility, reaching a wider audience and therefore increasing its potential for:

  • Greater citation
  • Enhancing reputation
  • Attracting potential collaborators
  • Compliance with funder requirements
  • Sharing knowledge from publicly funded research

Open Access Explained

External Links

Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook   An authoritative source with practical steps for implementing OA

Open Access Directory   Wiki with simple factual lists about OA