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Geography, Archaeology & Palaeoecology: Open Access

Library support for the School of Geography, Archaeology & Palaeoecology

What is Open Access?

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Open access (OA) is about achieving free access to research. OA literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.

Green open access means publishing in a traditional journal and depositing a shareable version of the article in a subject or institutional repository. Most publishers allow the accepted manuscript copy to be shared in a subject or institutional repository like the Research Portal at Queen's

Gold open access means that the published version of the research article is open access directly from the journal - the reader does not need to pay to read the article.

Open access is important because it enables researchers to share their work internationally ‚Äčand makes research easier to discover online.

Open Access and the Research Lifecycle

HEFCE Requirements for Post-2014 REF Compliance

What is the Research Portal?

The Research Portal is the University's open access institutional repository. When you deposit your publications in Pure, the Library Open Access Team will make them available on the Research Portal. 

We will ensure the document is copyright compliant and will apply the correct licenses and embargoes. Your documents will not be made publicly available until the Open Access Team has reviewed the Pure record. 

Deposit Publications in Pure

Depositing your documents in Pure is easy! 

Download or print the deposit guide for step by step help. 

For Pure help and training contact or visit the Pure support pages for more information.

Contact the Open Access Team

For further information on open access or the Research Portal please email

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You can check our Open Access FAQs or you can type a question below and library staff will be in touch.