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Open Access & Institutional Repository: Introduction

Applying for Article Processing Charges (APCs) - RCUK & COAF

If you are funded by one of the RCUK councils or a COAF charity, you can apply to a block grant, which could pay your Open Access charges. Please fill in the above form and send it to


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What is ePrints Soton?

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 They may include unpublished manuscripts and papers.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.

Please click here for further information on ePrints Soton, including how to add your publications to the repository.

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You may also be interested in our Research Data Management guide.


What is Open Access?

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 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.

Why Should I Make My Research Open Access?

  • 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.

  • The University of Southampton has a Open Access Policy which requires you to upload a version of your article into ePrints Soton where possible.

  • REF2021: HEFCE policy states that, to be eligible for submission to the REF2021, authors’ final peer-reviewed manuscripts (journal articles and conference proceedings) must have been deposited in an institutional or subject repository on acceptance for publication. This policy applies to research outputs accepted for publication after 1 April 2016.

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Contact Us

For help or advice with any Open Access or Institutional Repository queries please email

Help & Training

We are running Open Access training sessions via GradBook and StaffBook. If you would like any other help, please email

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