ePrints Soton is the University's Institutional Research Repository. It contains journal articles, books, PhD theses, conference papers, data, reports, working papers, art exhibitions and more. Records are created in PURE and automatically pushed through to ePrints.
The University has a policy that all research is recorded in our institutional repository, and that Accepted Manuscripts are uploaded and made available where possible.
ePrints Soton promotes research by making it available worldwide. It also feeds the publications section of the University staff web pages.
Open Access refers to material that is freely available online 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.
The University of Southampton has a Open Access Policy which requires you to upload a version of your article into our institutional repository where possible.