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Open Access Explained

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What is Open Access?

Open access is about making research more easily accessible to everyone, globally, by removing any barriers.

  • It is free at point of use
  • Available online
  • Anyone can use this research.

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Benefits of Open Access for you and society

  • more exposure for your work
  • practitioners can apply your findings
  • higher citation rates
  • your research can be included in policy making
  • the public can see your findings
  • compliant with grant rules
  • taxpayers get value for money
  • researchers in developing countries can see your work.

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Types of Open Access


  • Timing: often deferred open access, in accordance with publisher embargo periods (normally 12 to 24 months)
  • Funder/HEFCE requirements: from April 2016, Green Open Access will be required to ensure articles are returnable in a future REF
  • Licensing: offers more flexibility in license options, may allow author to limit re-use of work, particularly for commercial purposes
  • Cost: no additional cost to author.


  • Timing: immediate open access with articles made freely available at point of publication
  • Funder/HEFCE requirements: may be required by founders, especially where publisher does not allow self-archiving 
  • Licensing: often published under a license which minimises barriers to re-use and dissemination, provided the author's work is credited
  • Cost: usually requires payment of article processing charge (APC). 

Open access at Teesside

Teesside University supports Open access via self archiving  your accepted manuscript in TeesRep


Open Access at Teesside - in 3 steps

  1. As soon as your paper is accepted please upload it to TeesRep
  2. Library staff will check for publisher policy and any embargos
  3. Library staff will validate your research output and it will appear on the research portal.

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An increasing number of scholarly materials (books, journals, conference papers) are being made freely available online as Open Access materials. These materials have been peer reviewed, quality checked and the full text is available online.  

The following links give access to some of the key Open Access resources. The lists are by no means exhaustive but give an indication of the range of material available on open access.

How can I find Open access materials?

Unpaywall, OA button and CORE Discovery are all Chrome and Firefox extensions the find legal open access copies of individual articles from both publishers and repositories

Kopernio - a chrome extension that finds legal open access copies of individual articles from our library subscriptions and open access versions.


Funder/Publishers requirements and policies for publishing Open Access

  • SHERPA /FACT - a tool to help researchers check if the journals in which they wish to publish their results comply with their funder's requirements for open access to research.
  • SHERPA/JULIET - This contains detailed information about research funders' open access policies
  • SHERPA/ROMEO - This contains detailed information about publisher copyright policies & self-archiving

Covid 19 research

  • WHO: latest research on Covid 19
  • UKRI: Coronavirus - the science explained

General Resources

Books and monographs

Subject specific collections

British Library Scholarly Communications Toolkit

British Library guide to open access