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Open Access: About Open Access

What is Open Access?


Open Access (OA) material is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. What makes it possible is the internet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder (Suber, P: A Very Brief Introduction to Open Access)

Why is Open Access important?

1) If you want your journal articles and conference proceedings to be included in REF2021, they must be made Open Access (See Open Access and REF for further details)

2) Your funder may require you to make your research Open Access

3) Open Access makes research available to everyone with an internet connection, which means:

De Montfort University's Open Access policy requires you to deposit outputs from your research in DORA. This allows us

  • to showcase the breadth and quality of DMU's research
  • to provide examples of research outputs on research group web pages
  • to gather information easily and efficiently on research outputs for the REF and for internal programmes



Routes to Open Access

There are two routes to Open Access:

Green Open Access:

  • Full text version deposited by author in subject or institutional repository (eg. DORA)
  • Free for anyone to access by internet
  • Free to search and re-use (depending on type of licence)
  • Free for the author to deposit
  • Publishers may impose embargo period before full text can be made publicly visible

Gold Open Access:

  • Final published version downloadable from publisher's website
  • Free for anyone to access by internet
  • Free to search and re-use (depending on type of licence)
  • There may be a one-off charge to the author, known as an Article Processing Charge (APC)

Open Access at DMU

Contact for any queries about Open Access

Further information

The following resources offer further general information on Open Access: