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City Research Online: Open Access

Find out more about City Research Online, including how to add your papers, who to contact for help, and more about Open Access at City.

Open Access

Open access is the principle that the results of research, in the form of publications, should be freely available to anyone with access to the internet. The classic definition of open access is that of the Budapest Open Access Initiative definition (2001):

"By 'open access' to this literature, we mean its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself."

The UK Government is committed to opening access to published research after accepting the recommendations of the Finch Report (2012).  Across the world, institutions and individuals involved in Open Access are encouraging and facilitating free access to research for everyone, to ensure that the products of research are not only available to members of institutions that can pay for journal and database subscriptions.

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Why should I make my research Open Access?

  • Many funding bodies now require Open Access publication as a condition of research funding.
  • HEFCE now have Open Access requirements for research to be entered into the next REF. Find out more on our Policies page.
  • Research paid for by public money or charity funds is then available to everyone at no further cost, and funders can be transparent about how their money has been spent.
  • Open Access helps papers get more citations: research into the Open Access Citation Advantage has shown that openly accessible research generally gets cited more than research that remains closed. Find out more.
  • Institutional repositories are an established part of the scholarly communication landscape and their impact will grow in light of the new HEFCE policy. Open Access allows users to discover and use your work without the barriers set up by login systems and paywalls.
  • Access to your research is democratized: all other researchers can use it, regardless of their institution's budget for journals and databases, meaning that researchers in other countries and individuals can access it. 

When we upload your work to City Research Online, we provide a full citation to the place where it was originally published and clearly label which version it is.  Your readers will know exactly what they're looking at and will be able to locate the Version of Record if they wish.

Open Access Links and Resources

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External resources:

Search City Research Online

Use this search box to find Open Access research produced by City authors.

Support For Your Research at City University London

Help with City Research Online and Library Services for City University Staff

  • Help with City Research Online: the Publications team is based within Library Services and can help by email or provide 1-2-1 support or group training. Email us to find out more: publications@city.ac.uk
  • Help with other areas of your Staff Profile: contact staffprofiles@city.ac.uk.
  • Library Services for Researchers and Staff: find out more about how Library Services can help you with your research and teaching using our guides.  There's also a general guide for students, and detailed Subject Guides for library resources are available for each subject taught at the University.