Open Access Support for University of Nottingham Authors

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Open Access is a way of making research outputs more widely read, cited and used. Open Access material is free to download and view, which increases the potential readership of an article or book chapter many times over.

The individual UK Research Councils have recently released policies about Open Access. All of the Councils support Open Access and currently six of out of seven make it a requirement of grant that authors will make their outputs available in this way. Other research funders, like the Wellcome Trust, also have or are developing similar policies and recommendations.

The University of Nottingham supports its staff in complying with these mandates and recommendations. There are two means of making material available through Open Access and the University supports them both. One way is to publish in an Open Access Journal, or one of the many traditional journals from Blackwell, OUP, Springer and others that offer an Open Access option. The other way is to place a digital duplicate of the article, conference paper or book chapter in an online Open Access archive.

The University operates a central Open Access Publishing Fund to assist authors make their research publications freely and openly accessible. The fund is maintained by Research Innovation Services and enquiries and applications should be directed to

This page gives links to further information about Open Access archives and Open Access publishing, and information about copyright issues. This page also gives links through to the support that the University gives to staff in complying with funders' mandates, and support in using the University's own institutional Open Access repository Nottingham ePrints.

A major event at the University of Nottingham explored these issues in 2007. The presentations outlined the University's policies in this area and clarified the available support. PowerPoint Slides