Open Access

  • At IDS and BLDS we are committed to making knowledge available, accessible and relevant to those who can use it to bring about positive change. 
  • Open Access to research provides an exciting and challenging opportunity to support our vision of research knowledge driving positive social and economic development.  
  • Open access is a scholarly publishing model offering an alternative to subscription-based systems of research dissemination.  
  • Open access publications and resources are freely available on the public internet for any user to read, download, print, copy, and distribute. No subscription or pay-per-view charges apply, and there are few restrictions on reuse.

What we do 

  • BLDS can offer advice on finding and using open access resources, as well as open access publishing options, open licensing and copyright.
  • BLDS contributes to Open Access strategy and policy decisions at IDS, and keeps up to date and  involved in Open Access issues in the wider information community.
  • BLDS also supports open access at IDS by managing the institutional repository OpenDocs. All IDS staff and PhD students are encouraged to add versions of their published work to this platform. (See intranet for further guidance.)

Information for researchers planning Open Access publication

Some reputable Open Access journal collections/platforms include:

  • Remember to simultaneously  check your funder’s specific OA requirements (if applicable) through SHERPA JULIET 
  • To check your publisher’s policy on self-archiving in repositories, use SHERPA RoMEO 

Further information is available on the IDS intranet.

Useful Links

 Library contacts

Thomas Gebhart – general open access issues and OpenDocs

Stephanie Watson – copyright

Nason Bimbe – open source platforms and international advocacy