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Open Access: Introduction

This guide is intended to provide advice on open access to researchers

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.

Queen's University Open Access Policy

The Queen's University Belfast Open Access Policy was approved by the Postgraduate and Research Committee and is is effective from 1 November 2014.

The Policy reflects the University's commitment to sharing and disseminating Queen's research to ensure public access to published scholarly research and increase the impact of Queen's research activities.

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