Open Access

Open Research

The University of Aberdeen is committed to open research, ensuring there are no barriers to sharing knowledge.

Open Access

What is Open Access?

Open Access logoOpen access is permanent free unrestricted access to digital literature such as journal articles and books. It is open to all without charge. Licencing terms allow liberal reuse provided that the original source is cited. This facilitates discovery and sharing of your work.

Many research funders, including UKRI, Wellcome Trust, European Commission, and the Research Excellence Framework (REF) have open access policies which require research outputs to be openly available.

The University of Aberdeen has implemented a new Research Publications Policy. The policy supports our authors in retaining the rights to their research when publishing in academic journals. 

Benefits of open access

  • Open access leads to much faster and wider dissemination and sharing of research findings, improving researchers’ reputation. 
  • It maximises research impact.  Numerous studies are confirming that an open access article is much more likely to be accessed and cited than an article which sits behind paid-for, traditional subscription models. 
  • Institutional repositories (such as AURA here at Aberdeen) enhance the visibility of research undertaken by individuals, departments and research groups here at the University. This can be important in attracting research students and funding.  
  • Since no library can possibly collect or provide access to all of the peer-reviewed scholarly literature, publishing research outputs via an OA model vastly increases all researchers’ access to the scholarly literature of their disciplines. 

Colours of open access

Watch our short video to understand the different types of open access.

Still need help?

The Open Research team is here to help. Get in touch if you have questions.