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About open access

Open access maximises the dissemination of research worldwide. Publishing on open access makes your work visible to all fellow researchers, and to society as a whole.

UCL’s Publications Policy requires all UCL research to be deposited in UCL Discovery in open access, copyright permissions allowing. Many research funders also mandate open access.

There are two types of open access, Gold (paid) and Green (deposit). UCL authors are free to choose either route: this is an academic decision.

What is Gold open access?

Gold open access

Gold open access means immediate open access on the publisher’s website, upon payment of a fee. Deposit in subject and institutional repositories is usually allowed. UCL’s Open Access Team can normally deposit the publisher PDF in UCL Discovery.

Some external funders, including Research Councils UK (RCUK) and the Wellcome Trust, provide UCL with funds for Gold open access. UCL's open access fund supports Gold (paid) open access for other authors (subject to funds being available at the time).

What is Green open access?

Green open access

Green open access means making the full text of any publication freely available in an institutional or subject repository, where the author’s rights allow. Most publishers permit authors to deposit their final manuscript. An embargo period may apply.

UCL Discovery is UCL’s institutional repository. Staff check copyright and manage embargo periods, and ensure that the appropriate version - the publisher PDF, where possible - is made available.

Last modified 03 October 2013


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