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Research outputs and open access

Open Access is a great opportunity to make your research more widely available to researchers and the public and help you comply with funder mandates.

For information and to find out what support we can provide, see our Open Access Support pages

For queries about making your work Open Access, contact


Open access and funder mandates

Many funders including the Wellcome Trust and the Research Councils UK (RCUK) now require that publications arising from the research they fund are made available through an open access route. With these policies in place, it is a condition of grant that outputs are made publicly available in one of two ways:

  • by depositing in an open access repository or
  • by publishing in an open access journal.

The route you take will largely depend on the publisher’s policy of the journal you are intending to publish in. See Research funders policies or contact us for advice.

Open access costs

If you choose to publish in an open access journal, there may be fees to pay.

Central funds are available to support RCUK-funded researchers to comply with the RCUK policy on open access. The University Library also manages a central Open Access fund for researchers with grants from Wellcome Trust and other Charities.

Details on how to claim from these funds are available on our Open access funding page.

Research data

Funding bodies are also increasingly requiring grant-holders to have a data management plan (DMP), and in some cases the data created throughout the lifetime of a project, particularly where is is used to underpin publications, must be stored and made available for reuse.

Contact or see Research Data Management web pages for advice.