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Open Access & Institutional Repository: Discovery and Visibility
Unpaywall,OA ButtonandCORE Discovery(in beta) are all Chrome and Firefox extensions that find legal open access copies of individual articles from both publishers and repositories. You can also paste an article DOI (the unique article identifier) into the OA Button and CORE Discovery search bars. Open Access Helper works the same way for iOS and Safari. Test them out with this article: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41559-016-0002 (the article DOI is 10.1038/s41559-016-0002)
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.
Can’t find what you need?: 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
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). Find out more about how to make your own work open access at http://library.soton.ac.uk/openaccess/options
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 is the world’s largest collection of open access full text research papers - aggregating and enriching open access research papers from around the world. CORE will supply data for the UK REF 2021 Open Access Policy Audit to Research England.
The DOAJ aims to cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that publish research and review papers in full text. They also use a quality control system to guarantee the content. In short, the DOAJ aims to be THE one stop shop for users of open access journals. Open access journals contained in this collection are journals that use a funding model that does not charge readers or their institutions for access.
The UK’s national thesis service provided by the British Library. You can search for theses submitted to UK institutions. Note that abstracts are not included for all theses. Full text is available if the thesis has been digitised.
The world's most comprehensive collection of full-text dissertations and theses.
Click 'login' for on campus access. For access off campus, click 'login', enter 'University of Southampton' in the institutional field followed by your institutional username and password.
DART-Europe is a partnership of research libraries and library consortia to improve global access to European research theses. There is access to over 828,730 full-text research theses from 619 Universities sourced from 28 European countries. No password required.
WorldCat is the world's largest network of library content and services including theses and dissertations from over 70,000 library catalogues worldwide. It lets you search the collections of libraries in your community and thousands more around the world. You may also find article citations with links to their full text; authoritative research materials, such as documents and photos of local or historic significance; and digital versions of rare items that aren't available to the public.
To search for theses or dissertations, go to the Advanced Search and select 'Thesis/dissertations' under 'Content'. Find only full text theses by checking the Open Access box
No password required.
To search for theses or dissertations, go to the Advanced Search and select 'Thesis/dissertations' under 'Content'.
The Internet Archive is building a non-profit digital library of internet sites and other cultural artifacts.. This includes 330 billion web pages, 20 million books and texts, 4.5 million audio recordings (including 180,000 live concerts), 4 million videos (including 1.6 million Television News programs), 3 million images and 200,000 software programs.
Internet Archive Scholar contains over 25 million research articles and other scholarly documents preserved in the Internet Archive. The collection spans from digitized copies of eighteenth century journals through the latest Open Access conference proceedings and pre-prints crawled from the World Wide Web.
Making Open Access work for you
For help or advice with any Open Access or ePrints Soton query:
This unique identifier eliminates name ambiguity, improves discoverability, saves you time in publisher and funder submissions and stays with you throughout your career even when you change institution.
Upload a copy of your Accepted Manuscript (the version incorporating all changes resulting from peer review) to Pure as soon as your article is accepted by a publisher - this is all you need to do to fulfill both REF2021 and the University of Southampton Open Access policies.
publications on your Staff Profile page are automatically updated from Pure
Pure feeds ePrints Soton, our institutional repository. Your articles will display in Google searches and even if the publisher requires an embargo on the Accepted Manuscript, readers can use the Request a Copy button in ePrints Soton to ask for a copy of your article.
Sharing your research data encourages collaboration between researchers and can result in important new findings. This enhances your research profile and studies have shown a correlation between sharing research data and increased citations, for example Piwowar et al, 2007.