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What is Open Access?
Open Access (OA) publishing is digital, online, and free of charge to the reader. It does not require a personal or institutional subscription and is free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.
There are two routes to making research Open Access - Gold and Green
Gold Open Access is where the author makes their article Open Access in a journal, usually on payment of an Article Processing Charge (APC). This journal may be exclusively Open Access or it may have a mixture of Open Access and subscription-only articles (hybrid).
Green Open Access is where the author publishes in a journal and then deposits (self-archives) a version of this article into a subject or institutional repository, such as the University of Brighton Repository.

Open Access at the University of Brighton

On 13 October 2014, the Research Strategy Committee approved the Open Access Policy. Highlights are:
  • University of Brighton’s researchers make significant contributions to social, cultural, economic and environmental wellbeing across a broad range of work. Collaborations – business, academic, community, professional and government – are essential to the advancement and development of new, innovative and groundbreaking research.


  • The University advocates the Green route to Open Access as the approach to sharing research freely and openly with all stakeholders. The Green route allows authors to publish in any journal and to self-archive a version of the article for free public use in the University of Brighton Repository (UBR). 


  • The UBR is a digital collection of research and enterprise outputs of university staff. It is publicly accessible and provides an opportunity for staff to greatly increase the discoverability and potential impact of their research. It also provides a means for institutional compliance with funders’ Open Access requirements.


  • All research outputs, both text and non-text based, should be deposited in the UBR, subject to publishers’ copyright permissions.


  • Funding support for the Gold route to Open Access publishing is available from research funders such as RCUK, Horizon 2020. Researchers in receipt of these grants should make use of dedicated OA publishing funding where it exists. RCUK have awarded the university a block grant to support the transition to OA for research it funds.


  • The RCUK block grant is managed by the Research Office.
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