Open access

Scholarly publications, including journal articles, conference proceedings and monographs, are currently the main avenues to disseminating research, but often people need to pay for access. The University is committed to lowering barriers to accessing knowledge.

Open access at Surrey

The University of Surrey has been formally supporting open access to publications since 2005.

The University’s Open Research Policy (PDF) requires that all journal articles and conference proceedings are made open access. It also supports open access to any other types of outputs such as monographs and arts outputs.

In addition, the full texts of Surrey research outputs are available in the University’s open access repository, which is managed by the Open Research team to ensure maximum visibility of Surrey’s research output in line with funders’ policies.

More broadly, the University supports initiatives that advance scholarly communication, such as the UK-Scholarly Communications Licence.

Open access to publications

The University supports both the deposit in repositories of author final manuscript versions (green route to open access) and the open access publishing route (gold route to open access) with a preference for green.

Inline with the Open Research Policy (PDF) for REF2021, the Open Research team mediates the deposit of authors’ accepted manuscripts for journal articles and conference proceedings in the University’s open access repository within 90 days of acceptance by the journal.

The University also supports the open access publishing route for UKRI/Research Council-funded publications, via its UKRI open access fund. There are also limited institutional funds to support non-UKRI publications when necessary.

Advice and support are available to help researchers meet their funders’ open access requirements.

The Open Research team, through its education and engagement activities and support of open access beyond the sharing of journal articles and conference proceedings, fosters an open research environment in line with REF2021 expectations.

Open access to doctoral theses

Doctoral theses are a key outcome of research. We are committed to making past and current doctoral theses open access. Since 2015 all doctoral and MPhil students must deposit their final version as approved by the examiners in the University depository. 

In 2016 the University embarked on a project to make doctoral theses available to the wider public. All of our past theses have now been digitised.

Doctoral theses collection

Our doctoral theses can be accessed from the University’s open access repository. In addition, Surrey’s doctoral theses can be found via the British Library’s e-theses online service, EThOS.

In compliance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 some theses are restricted.

Get in contact

If you have any questions about open access then please email our Open Research team.