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Understanding Open Access

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The University supports the principles of Open Access (OA) and encourages its researchers to disseminate their research findings as widely as possible.

See the University's position on OA in the Factsheet.

Open Access definition

Open Access (OA) means that items of scholarly work are made available online, in a digital format, at no charge to the reader and with limited restrictions on re-use. 

There are two ways of making your work OA:

1.    Gold OA is where the:

  • final post peer-review version of a published work is freely available via the publisher’s website immediately on publication,
  • published work may be published under a Creative Commons licence,
  • publisher may apply an Article Processing Charge (APC) to cover publication costs

The ‘Request Open Access funding’ page explains the University’s Gold OA funds and eligibility criteria.

2.    Green OA is where the:

  • published work is freely available via an institutional or discipline-specific repository,
  • version of work made available may be pre peer-review (pre-print, draft) or post peer-review (Author Accepted Manuscript or publisher's),
  • version deposited may be subject to a publisher's embargo,
  • article is made OA without payment of an APC

The ‘Deposit your publication’ page explains how to deposit to Manchester eScholar and provides information about discipline-specific repositories.

Open Access policies

Increasingly research funders and universities are introducing OA policies to ensure that the research they fund is freely available to the widest possible audience. Our Open Access Policies page explains what specific funders require and what University of Manchester researchers need to do.

Benefits of Open Access

Open access diagram

Why Open Access (PDF 118Kb)

See our testimonials for Manchester researchers' experiences of Open Access.

Further information

See the FAQ for further information or contact the Library for advice.

Scholarly Communication Service
The University of Manchester Library
Tel: +44(0)161 306 1517 (internal: x61517)