Open access for Researchers
Duration 1 1/2 Hours
Team UoN Libraries

To develop your understanding of open access, and practical steps you must follow to make your publications or your thesis available this way.

Two-hour workshop

Learning outcomes
By the end of the course you will:

  • feel confident exploiting options for achieving OA without infringing copyright
  • understand the benefits of OA for research outputs
  • be able to find and make full use of OA repositories and databases
  • understand the University's expectations for open access to your thesis

Open access (OA) is a disruptive change in the ways in which research is communicated.  OA aims to maximize the social, economic and cultural impact of research by providing free access to new findings.  OA publications reach a broader audience, increasing the impact of research and boosting numbers of citations.

Since 1 April 2016, OA for journal articles and conference papers has been a requirement for REF eligibility.  OA is also mandated by leading research funders, such as the UKRI funding councils, Wellcome Trust and British Heart Foundation.

It is crucial for researchers to build their understanding of OA mechanisms and benefits to realise the full impact of their discoveries.  This course will introduce the concept and consider options available to make outputs OA, such as repositories and transformative agreements. We will review the implications of licensing and copyright, and how to access publications that are already available OA. 

Who should attend
This course is open to staff researchers and PhD students.

Librarians from the Research Support Team.
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