Open Access for Research

An introduction to Open Access and how to make your research open.

Open Access resources

SHERPA/RoMEO opens in a new window Check the self-archiving and open access policies of publishers.

SHERPA/Juliet opens in a new window Check the open access policies of funders.

SHERPA Fact opens in a new window is a tool to help researchers check if the journals in which they wish to publish their results comply with selected funder's requirements.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) opens in a new window Search or browse open access journals.

Directory of Open Access Books opens in a new window Search or browse books that have been published in open access.

OpenDOAR opens in a new window Directory of open access repositories.

Registry of Research Data Repositories Search or browse data repositories by subject, content type or country. Not all repositories are open access.

The Can I Share It look-up tool opens in a new window provides an easy way to check where a journal article can be shared in line with the paper’s access and usage rights.

For more resources explore the Open Access Resources Library Guide.

Open access Research Repositories

  • AgEcon opens in a new window
    Electronically distributes reports of scholarly research in the field of agricultural economics.

  • arXiv opens in a new window
    Open access to e-prints in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology and Statistics.

  • ChemRxiv opens in a new window
    ChemRxiv is a free online submission, distribution, and archival service for unpublished preprints in chemistry and related areas.

  • Cogprints opens in a new window
    An electronic collection of self-archived papers in areas related to cognition including: psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, computer science, philosophy, and biology

  • Disciplinary Repositories opens in a new window
    The Open Access Directory (OAD) is a compendium of simple factual lists about open access (OA) to science and scholarship, maintained by the OA community at large.

  • EarthArXiv opens in a new window
    A non-profit preprint server for the Earth Sciences. Part of the Center for Open Science network.

  • LawArXiv opens in a new window
    LawArXiv is a free, open access, nonprofit pre & post print repository for scholarly legal content. It is owned and maintained by members of the legal community.

  • Nature Proceedings opens in a new window
    A free service started in January 2007. It is a permanent, citable archive for pre-publication research and preliminary findings in biology, medicine (except clinical trials), chemistry and earth sciences.

  • Open Science Framework opens in a new window
    The Center for Open Science is a non-profit technology organization whose mission is to "increase the openness, integrity, and reproducibility of scientific research."

  • PsyArXiv opens in a new window
    A free preprint service for the psychological sciences.

  • SocarXiv opens in a new window
    SocArXiv is an online preprint server for the social science

Open Access Browser Extensions

Browser extensions can search for Open Access versions of journal articles when you encounter paywalls.