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Open Access & Institutional Repository: Finding OA Material

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

Please see our Open Access Introduction page for details on how to apply to the UKRI and COAF block grants and the restrictions in place.

Making your work available through our Institutional Repository

Searching for a specific article

Unpaywall, OA Button and CORE Discovery (in beta) are all Chrome extensions that find legal open access copies of individual articles from both publishers and repositories.

Kopernio: a Chrome extension that finds articles from our library subscriptions and open access versions.

Google: if you find an article that is behind a paywall, try copy & pasting the article title into a search engine. If there is a copy in a repository it will often display on the first page of search results. 

Interlibrary loan: if you can’t find a legal open access version, use the library interlibrary loan service and we will source a copy, often within 24 hours. Please do not spend your own money, or grant money, on journal articles.

Searching by keyword

Articles can be made open access (OA) on the journal website (gold OA) or via institutional and subject repositories (green OA, often involving an embargo set by the journal publisher).

Both Scopus and Web of Science have a filter to select only Open Access articles. They predominantly display articles that are gold OA, not the many thousands of articles that are green OA via repositories and preprint servers.

CORE: a database that aggregates open access content from journals and repositories, useful for searching by keyword.

Dimensions: a research information database with an Open Access filter proving links to journals and preprint servers. Please note that we only have access to the free version of Dimensions.

Share: a free open data set of research outputs, useful for searching for preprints

Contact Us

For open access and institutional repository enquiries eprints@soton.ac.uk

For research data management queries please email ResearchData@soton.ac.uk