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 Green and Gold routes to open access and how to meet funder and REF requirements.

What is the University of Birmingham Research Archive (UBIRA)?
Introduction to our institutional repository and how your work can be included.

Where can I find open access materials?
Discover open access materials for your own use.

What’s new in open access? 
New and updates on developments in open access.

Support and Training

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

Current sessions and dates

If you would like a bespoke training session for your School or College, please contact

Contact us

Email: Scholarly Communications Services

Telephone: 44 (0)121 414 3918

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: HEFCE OA policy

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) requires all published articles and proceedings submitted to the post-2014 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 1st May 2015 onwards, although 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