Diamond and Free Open Access Publishing

Find out about publishing with Kent Open Journals, learn about how Digitial Object Identifiers can be applied to published research works, and explore Diamond and free Open Access publishing opportunities beyond the University of Kent.

Kent Open Journals

The University of Kent supports high quality, open access, cost-effective digital journal publishing using the Open Journal System

Our academic and student led journals are free to publish with and are open and free to read, helping to maximise the reach and impact of our published research works. Our journals include: 

Publish your journal with us 

We can support you to publish a new journal, or migrate an existing journal, to the University of Kent. If you choose to publish your journal with us, the university will provide you with: 

  • Annual hosting fees paid by the University of Kent 
  • Access to the Open Journal System to manage your editorial and publishing workflows 
  • A system that provides immediate Open Access for all articles  
  • Free author publishing with no Article Processing Charges  
  • Authors retain copyright of their research works 
  • Creative Commons licences that clarify conditions for sharing and re-use  
  • Access to additional tools to check digital accessibility  
  • Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) for all published research works 
  • Online guidance and training opportunities from our provider. 

Kent repositories and Digital Object Identifiers

Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) accurately identify, link to and discriminate between online works. DOIs are unique to the work they identify and provide a permanent, stable, long-term URL. DOIs are useful for referring to your work in all forms of communication and dissemination about your research and help with accurate acknowledgement, citation and measuring impact. 

DOIs can be applied to works in the Kent Academic Repository and the Kent Data Repository. These must be University of Kent outputs that are not published elsewhere.  DOIs are: 

  • Created upon request for research reports, technical reports, project reports, manuals, working papers or discussion papers 
  • Created automatically for theses and data. 

How to apply

To apply email researchsupport@kent.ac.uk and provide a link to the repository item that needs a DOI.

Diamond and free Open Access publishing elsewhere


Use the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) to identify quality journals where you can publish Open Access without needing to pay an Article Processing Charge or any fees. The entry for the journal in the directory will state "no charge". Alternatively, search DOAJ by subject or publisher, and apply the "without article processing charges" filter.

Books and book chapters

The University of Kent joins with other academic libraries through internationally coordinated schemes to pay fixed costs each year for collections of books to be made Open Access. Examples are Knowledge Unlatched and Open Book Publishers

Considering publishing an Open Access book as part of one of these schemes? Check that the publisher is credible before you agree. 

If you an Early Career Researcher (ECR) investigate the OpenUp initiative which will fund first books by UK-based ECRs. Twelve books from well-established university presses will be published Open Access in each period.  

Check before you choose

Use these tools to choose a quality, trusted publisher for your book, chapter or article. 

For any questions, contact researchsupport@kent.ac.uk

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