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Open Access

What is Open Access?

Open Access makes research outputs freely available online to anyone with an internet connection, in agreement with the author and/or copyright holder.

Why should I make my work available via Open Access?

  • Greater exposure to your work
  • Potential increase in citations
  • Provides access to a broader audience, including those who cannot afford journal subscriptions
  • Research funders may require your work be made available via Open Access

What are the routes to Open Access?

There are two key routes to Open Access, including:

  • Green Open Access: deposit of an authoritative version of a paper in an online repository such as LSE Research Online
  • Gold Open Access: online publication in a journal for which there are no subscription charges or fees for access, but which may make a charge, called an Article Processing Charge (APC), to authors for publication

What is LSE Research Online?

LSE Research Online| is the institutional repository for The London School of Economics and Political Science. It contains full-text, Open Access versions and bibliographic records of outputs produced by LSE staff, including journal articles, book chapters, books, working papers, conference papers and more.

The mission of LSE Research Online| is to:

  • provide a record of the work of all LSE academic and support staff
  • provide Open Access to full text research where permitted by publishers
  • enable compliance with funder mandates via Green Open Access
  • openly share its information with internal and external services, such as LSE Experts and Google, for greater dissemination of LSE research
  • preserve research for posterity

How can I deposit my work?

To deposit your work, email the team:|.

Alternatively, you can register at| and upload your publications to the database. A member of the team will then check the records, copyright and make the record live.

Which version of my work should I deposit?

Authors are often permitted by publishers to deposit the "author final" version of their work in an online repository. This is the final, post-refereeing version, as provided to the publisher prior to publication. Where available, LSE Research Online| contains links to an article's DOI (digital object identifier) and the homepage of the journal or publisher website, ensuring the published version is clearly identified to users of the repository.

Useful links:

Sherpa Romeo| - information about publisher permissions

Sherpa/FACT| - funders and authors compliance tool

Sherpa Juliet| - information about funder mandates

LSE Research Online| - LSE's Institutional Repository

DoAJ| - Directory of Open Access Journals

ROAR| - Registry of Open Access Repositories





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