Open access enhances scholarly communication by making the results of publicly funded research available to all.

Open access

Open access is free online access to the outputs of publicly funded research. It is typically focused on peer-reviewed journal articles and conference papers.


Opening the knowledge base to all means researchers can reach a greater audience and find that their work is more widely read and cited, institutions gain an enhanced reputation as their research becomes more visible, funding agencies see a greater return on their investment, and publishers find that the impact of their journals increases.

Explore open access

Gold and green open access 

An introduction to the two key routes to freeing up your research.

Your institution and open access

Learn more about how open access can benefit your institution and receive advice on implementation.

Business case for open access

Discover more about the economic rewards open access offers for universities, SMEs and the UK as a whole.

Case studies 

Read how others have made the most of open access.

Open Access Week 2012

open access week

Once again, we championed Open Access Week, a global event providing an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of open access. 

Inspired by this year's event, we've been exploring a range of open access themes.  

From our blog...