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Open Access : Introduction

Introduction to open access publishing and how to find open access resources

Latest items in St Andrews Research Repository

Below are the latest items added to St Andrews Research Repository


Open Access Blog

This blog from St Andrews University Library aims to keep you informed about open access issues and developments.


Meet the team

The Open Access & Research Publications Support (OARPS) team provide support for: Open Access, St Andrews Research Repository, Pure, Open Journal Systems, and electronic theses.

We offer training through CAPOD,Gradskills, and one to one sessions. We can also arrange to visit schools to offer tailored support sessions if requested.

See Library web pages for related services or contact the team.

Janet Aucock Head of Cataloguing and Repository Services

Jackie Proven Repository Support Officer (Research publications and Open Access)

Michael Bryce Repository Support Officer (Research publications and Open Access)

David Collins Library Assistant (Cataloguing) Theses

Kyle Brady Library Assistant (Open Access Support)



What is Open Access?

Open access (OA) in this context means research literature that can be freely accessed by anyone in the world via the internet so that it can be used without licensing restrictions for research, teaching or other purposes.

Copyright holders control the right to permit open access and have the right to be properly acknowledged.

Open access is entirely consistent with the highest standards of quality, and all the major OA intitiatives insist on the importance of peer review..

Essential reading: Open Access Overview by Peter Suber


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What are the benefits of Open Access

Open access to research increases its visibility, reaching a wider audience and therefore increasing its potential for:

  • Greater citation
  • Enhancing reputation
  • Attracting potential collaborators
  • Compliance with funder requirements
  • Sharing knowledge from publicly funded research.

As well as benefits to individuals and the University, there is a strong argument that “Free and open access to the outputs of publicly-funded research offers significant social and economic benefits as well as aiding the development of new research.” (RCUK Policy on Open Access and Supporting Guidance).

The open access movement has been growing for 10 years, with many organisations committing to achieving widespread OA.

Further reading: Budapest Open Access Initiative: Recommendations for the next 10 years



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Contact us

For enquiries about:

Open Access
St Andrews Research Repository

Please email:

Or phone: 01334 462320

For enquiries about:

Electronic theses

Please email:

Or phone: 01334 462302