Discovering Open Access resources
There are many ways to discover authoritative and peer reviewed Open Access articles, books, theses, datasets and repositories.
To discover University of Surrey open outputs please browse or search our Open Research Repository.
Also see ten ways to find open access articles (Lazic, 2021) for some useful tips on discovering Open Access articles.
LibKey Nomad is a browser extension for Chrome, Firefox and Edge that will give you access to peer reviewed journal articles that the University of Surrey subscribes to, as well as legally available Open Access papers, when you’re browsing the internet. University of Surrey staff and students can download and install it on their computer for free.
Find out more about how to download and use LibKey Nomad (PDF).
LibKey.io provides access to the full-text of an article using either the digital object identifier (DOI) or PubMed Identifier (PMID). If the article is available through the Library’s subscriptions or it is Open Access, you will be able to access the PDF or the article link.
Find out more about how to access and use Libkey.io (PDF).
Here are some further guides on using discovery tools to find Open Access resources.
- How to use SurreySearch for Open Access materials (PDF)
- How to search online databases for Open Access materials (PDF).
Please contact your Faculty Engagement Librarian for more information on discovering open access materials.
Referencing Open Access resources
You need to cite and reference open resources in the same way that you would cite and reference any work by including standard pieces of information in your reference.
Pre-prints are works that have been made publicly available via a pre-print server before they have undergone peer review.
This is an example of a pre-print reference formatted in a standard style:
- Author. (Year) 'Title of article'. [To be published] in Title of Journal, volume and issue numbers (if stated) [Preprint]. Available at: URL (Accessed: date) or DOI (if available).
Post-prints, sometimes called the author's accepted manuscript (AAM), are works that have undergone peer review, and have been accepted for publication, but have not been formatted by the publisher.
Many post-print research papers are now available online through Open Access repositories (such as the Surrey Open Research Repository).
This is an example of a post-print reference formatted in a standard style:
- Author. (Year) ‘Title of article’. Title of Journal, [Post-print] volume and issue number, Pages, Available at: URL (Accessed: date) or DOI.
Referencing open educational resources
Open educational resources (OERs) are teaching, learning and research materials in any medium – digital or otherwise – that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open licence that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions. Read UNESCO's definition.
The reference below is an example formatted in a standard style:
- Author. (Year) Book Title Available at: URL (Accessed: date) CC-BY Licence.
Create a reference to an OER when the materials are available for download directly. If you are directed to another website, create a reference to that specific webpage.