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Research Support: Open Access and Publishing

Open Researcher and Contributor ID

Why Publish Open Access?

  • Open Access makes your research accessible to many more people than publishing in subscription-only journals
  • Open Access encourages public engagement with research, which is often publicly funded
  • Many funding bodies now have mandates which require researchers to make their research available in an open access source. QMU policy requires you to deposit a version of your work in eResearch - QMU's publications repository
  • The REF 2021 Guidance on submissions (REF 2019/01) document states that:

"The ... policy applies to journal articles and conference contributions (with an International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)) which are accepted for publication from 1 April 2016 and published on or before 31 December 2020. It requires these research outputs to be made open access for those outputs to be eligible for submission in REF 2021." (See: Part 2: Submissions - Open access policy - paragraph 108, pp. 26-27).

Where can I find out more about open access?


The mission of CORE (COnnecting REpositories) is to aggregate all open access research outputs from repositories and journals worldwide and make them available to the public.


This website provides summaries of the permissions for publisher and journal copyright policies relating to self-archiving of papers. SHERPA/RoMEO has been recommended as a tool for policy checks for the purpose of the next REF.


A website with information on research funders' open access policies.


SHERPA/FACT is 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 Services

Links and information for all SHERPA services.

DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals)

An online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals. It is a white list of open access journals and aims to be the starting point for all information searches for quality, peer reviewed open access material.

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