Open Access (OA) is the practice of providing unrestricted access via the Internet to content including journal articles, books and theses.
At Royal Holloway, OA can be achieved by self-archiving a version of your work using College's research information system, Pure (so-called 'Green' Open Access). The version of your work you make available will depend on your publisher's self-archiving policy. This can be checked using RoMEO, or the Open Access Team (openaccessroyalholloway.ac.uk) can help with this.
Alternatively, a research paper may be published in a peer-reviewed Open Access journal which will make it openly available over the internet (so-called 'Gold' Open Access).
At Royal Holloway, it is a requirement that all research outputs are made available in an open access format wherever it is possible to do so. In addition, PhD theses are also made publicly available using Pure. The Open Access Team (openaccessroyalholloway.ac.uk) can provide expert advice an assistance with any queries you have relating to Open Access so please contact us. For more information on Open Access at Royal Holloway, please consult the library pages on OA. To find out more about Pure, please see Pure support pages.