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Open Access & Institutional Repository: Introduction

Open Access (OA) means freely available to read (and reuse) by anyone with internet access​. Making your journal articles available open access ensures that your work reaches the widest possible audience, and that it can be used and shared easily.

There are 2 routes to open access:

  • Publisher open access: the article is openly available on the journal webpage, with no paywalls or subscription barriers.
  • Repository open access: a version of the article is self-archived in an institutional repository, or a subject repository (eg Europe PMC).

We do not have a central institutional fund for open access payments; the University of Southampton supports open access via self-archiving your Accepted Manuscript in Pure (click on the 'upload manuscript' button) and no-cost-to-the-author publisher memberships and agreements.​ You will fulfil the University of Southampton Open Access Policy by uploading the final, refereed, corrected, Accepted Manuscripts of all peer-reviewed journal articles and peer-reviewed conference articles to Pure at the point of acceptance for publication.

We do hold open access block grants for research acknowledging UKRIWellcome Trust or Cancer Research UK. These can be used for articles submitted to fully open access journals.​ Find out more, including how to apply, at

Upload your Accepted Manuscript to Pure


Update 03/01/23: our current publishing agreements with Springer and SAGE ended 31/12/22 and new agreements covering 2023 are being nationally negotiated and evaluated. We will add updates to our Springer and SAGE pages, but to ensure you can make your paper open access without incurring a fee, we recommend that you use rights retention to enable open access via self-archiving in a repository during this period in case an agreement is not renewed.

Please contact with any questions.

Check your journal

Use our journal search tool to check if you can publish open access in your chosen journal without paying an Article Processing Charge (APC).

These publisher open access agreements are open to University of Southampton corresponding authors

  • Your University of Southampton affiliation must be stated in the published article
  • Use your email address
  • Search using the full journal title 
  • Please contact us if you have any questions:


We are proud to be the first UK institution to partner with SciFree, enabling you to check if a specific journal is included in a publisher agreement that offers open access publishing at no cost to the author.

Contact Us

For help or advice with any Open Access or institutional repository (ePrints Soton) query: