What is Open Access?
Open access is the process by which the outputs from research are provided free at the point of access to all. For research papers, this might be achieved in a number of ways:
- Deposit of a copyright compliant version in an institutional repository
- Publication in an Open Access journal
- Fee paid Open Access option in a subscription journal
In order to support this, many higher education institutions have a publicly accessible institutional repository. Our repository can be found at WestminsterResearch. There are also subject repositories, where researchers working in a specific field of specialism can deposit outputs from their research.
Open Access and you
For researchers, Open Access is an opportunity to provide a greater number of colleagues and potential collaborators with access to your work while also having greater access to the work of others. This has many benefits, including:
- ready, perpetual, access to your published work for everyone
- potential for higher citation counts
- new opportunities for collaboration
Many research grants now require that an Open Access version of your published research, generated as a result of your funding, be made available as soon as possible after publication. The conditions of your grant will be detailed in the information sent to you by the funding body or Trust, and you should ensure that you meet these requirements.
The SHERPA/FACT Funders and Authors Compliance Tool helps researchers check if the journals in which they wish to publish their results comply with their funder's requirements for Open Access.
For help or for more information, contact your Academic Liaison Librarian.