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Open Access is a set of principles which makes research outputs available to anyone at no cost

We offer a number of services to help you make your research available open access in line with University, REF and funder open access requirements.

All research articles should be made available open access immediately on publication in line with Brunel University London's Open Access Mandate, first introduced in 2009, and last revised in December 2021.  

The Mandate ensures that University research is free to read and download by anyone, anywhere in the world, and also that it meets funder and REF open access requirements for publicly-funded research.

To meet the conditions, authors publishing peer reviewed research articles, should use the  Journal Checker Tool before they submit their manuscript to a journal for publication which allows them to check whether the journal complies with open access requirements and offers guidance on how to proceed.

Where a journal doesn't comply with the conditions, but is the most suitable venue for the research, authors are now required to include standard wording during the submission process to retain author rights. This allows the University to make the Author Accepted Manuscript (AAM) or published Version of Record (VoR) available without embargo in the institutional repository, BURA under a CC BY Licence.  This means there won’t be any delay in accessing the research. Authors who are not citing specific grant funding or where there are multiple funders should seek advice from Open Access, Library Services.