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Open Access at Kent

Open Access refers to material that is free to all readers at the point of access, so they can use and share it easily.



Why should you publish your work as Open Access?

To maximise your impact

Evidence suggests that publishing your work as Open Access will make it more likely to be cited.

If you don't publish in this way you may be putting yourself at a disadvantage, since almost half of all peer-reviewed journal articles published in the UK are estimated to be open access.

To comply with the requirements of the next REF

Journal articles submitted for the next Research Excellence Framework (REF) need to be published using either the Green or Gold Open Access method.

To comply with funders

The University and an increasing number of funders require certain outputs to be open access as a condition of their support.


How to make your work OA

Choose your route to Open Access

Green and Gold Open Access explained


The REF - what you need to do

Make sure your outputs count towards the next Research Excellence Framework. We can help, with the REF Assisted Deposit service.


Do you need an APC?

Find out if you need to pay an article processing charge, and apply for APC funding


Open Access books

Give your research extra impact by making books and chapters Open Access

Funder policies

Funders' OA policies

What you need to do to comply with your funder's and the University's Open Access policies

Licensing and permissions

Copyright and licences

Understand the licensing options for reusing your work, and how to choose the best option for your needs


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Last Updated: 01/07/2020