ePrints Soton is the University of Southampton's Research Repository and contains a growing collection of literature and data from the University.
ePrints are electronic copies of any research output (journal articles, book chapters, conference papers, theses, data and other types of research publications, including multimedia). They may include unpublished manuscripts and papers. The full text of many of these items is freely available to be used in accordance with copyright and end-user permissions.
In 2006 the University mandated all research to be recorded in ePrints Soton and since 2008 all PhD and MPhil theses have also been deposited.
Open Access refers to material that is free to all readers at the point of use. There are two routes into Open Access - gold or green.
Gold Open Access is where the author makes their article Open Access in a journal, sometimes for a fee. This journal may be exclusively Open Access, or it may have a mixture of Open Access and subscription-only articles.
Green Open Access is where the author publishes in a journal and then deposits a version of this article into a subject or an institutional repository.
Open Access makes your research available to far more people than a subscription-only journal article does. There is evidence that this can lead to an increase in citations of your work.
Open Access encourages public engagement with research, which is often paid for out of public money.
Your funding body may have a mandate which requires you to make your research available in an Open Access source.