Open Access refers to the free, unrestricted online access to scholarly research:
The Budapest Open Access Initiative, with reference primarily to peer-reviewed journal literature, defines open access to this material to mean, "its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself." (Budapest OA Initiative 2002)
Benefits of Open Access:
UEL's Open Access Policy (2018) is supported by Library and Learning Services through running the institution's online repository of research and by giving guidance to staff on scholarly communications.
An ORCID iD is a unique persistent identifier that distinguishes you from other researchers.
Your record contains details of your professional activities, including employment, publications, and peer review. ORCID iDs can connect to other systems such as repositories and are indexed in major search platforms.
UEL is joining the drive and believe it is essential that our researchers have ORCID IDs in place as soon as possible. They will also be used in the repository for all your outputs.
DOAJ is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.
All DOAJ services are free of charge including being indexed. All data is freely available.
Sherpa Romeo is an online resource that aggregates and analyses publisher open access policies from around the world and provides summaries of publisher copyright and open access archiving policies on a journal-by-journal basis.
Think. Check. Submit. helps researchers identify trusted journals and publishers for their research. Through a range of tools and practical resources, this international, cross-sector initiative aims to educate researchers, promote integrity, and build trust in credible research and publications.
Use Creative Commons tools to help share your work. Their free, easy-to-use copyright licenses provide a simple, standardized way to give your permission to share and use your creative work— on conditions of your choice. .