Open research

The University of Surrey is committed to fostering an open research culture.

We promote and support open and immediate access to publications, data, and other research outputs, to:

  • Encourage transparency, reproducibility, and re-use of our research.
  • Build on each other's work.
  • Lift barriers to accessing knowledge.
  • Practise responsible metrics.
  • Engage the public and increase impact.

Free and open access to research findings offers significant benefits to all sectors of society. It increases access to insights and knowledge and in turn, supports the research community’s ability to tackle global challenges.

Reaching wider audiences

Our publications are available at the University's open access repository and rank highly on Google searches. They are accessed by researchers, practitioners and the wider public from more than 200 countries every day. Downloads from the repository have recently passed the five million mark.

How we support open research

The Open Research team in the Library supports with:

  • Open access to research outputs: advice on authors' rights and publishing options, liaison with publishers, and management of the University’s open access repository, to ensure maximum visibility of Surrey’s research output in line with funders’ policies.
  • Research data management: support and advice on available solutions and best practice, as set out by research funders.
  • Researcher profiles: advice on identifiers such as ORCID, and support with the visibility of the researcher to various audiences.
  • Bibliometrics and altmetrics: advocacy on the use of responsible metrics in line with the values and principles of international and UK metrics communities.

Visit the open access information on the library website to learn more.