Open access

What is open access?

Find out more about open access and how it affects you.

How can I publish my work as open access?

Learn more about open access publishing including:

Open access support and training

Find training and support available at the University and beyond for open access and Pure.

Where can I find open access materials?

Discover open access materials for your own use.

What is the University of Birmingham Research Archive (UBIRA)?

Introduction to our institutional repository and how your work can be included.

Contact us

Email: Scholarly Communications Services

Deposit to Pure

Use Pure to self-archive your accepted final manuscript in the University repository (UBIRA).

Meet University, funder and REF requirements with Green open access.

Deposit to Pure

 APC Request Form

Please note: As of 15th October applications for use of the University's Gold open access funds are governed by a new University Open Access Fund Policy (docx file - 271 KB). UKRI funded authors in particular should familiarise themselves to key changes before choosing which APC request form to use.

Apply for central funding to pay publisher article processing charges (Gold open access).

APC request form

Exception APC request form

 REF and open access

Research England requires all published articles and proceedings submitted to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) to be open access.

 UoB Research Publications Statement

The University has released a statement for Research Publications. This is to increase the visibility of research publications associated with the University and to ensure compliance with funder and REF requirements for OA. As part of this statement:

  • All University of Birmingham researchers are expected to record bibliographic details in Pure for peer-reviewed publications, immediately on acceptance for publication. This applies to all types of research publication including articles, conference papers, reviews, books and chapters.
  • In addition, all researchers are expected to deposit in Pure the full text of the final accepted draft manuscript (post-print) of all peer-reviewed journal articles and published conference proceedings, immediately on acceptance. Deposited manuscripts will, where possible, be made open access in UBIRA.
  • The University requirement applies to all peer-reviewed publications accepted for publication from 1 May 2015 onwards. Researchers are welcome to deposit items published earlier than this, other publication types or unpublished material.

More information on the UoB Research Publications statement.

 Open Access to Research

Students completing Postgraduate Research programmes at the University of Birmingham are required to submit an electronic copy of their final thesis to the University.

Information for thesis authors and steps to deposit

Thesis support in the Library


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