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What is Open Access?

Open access to research publications involves making them freely available online rather than charging readers to read and use them. Open Access to research data makes data more widely available for re-use by others to support research, innovation and wider public use. 

The University’s ‘Open Access Publications Policy Framework’ sets out the University’s framework for ensuring publications authored by University researchers, staff and students are made ‘Open Access’ where applicable. For further information and a copy of the policy see:

Open Access at Cambridge is managed by two dedicated groups (Open Access Team and Data Management Team) who assist the University's researchers and research students in making their research outputs and data freely accessible in the public domain. 

For information about open access research at Cambridge see:


The Open Access team provides advice and guidance on making research publications freely available in the public domain. They will:

  • Ensure compliance with HEFCE policies if upload your author accepted manuscript to the open access team as soon as your research article is accepted for a publication.
  • Make your work available in the University repository, respecting publisher copyright restrictions.
  • Provide guidance on the article processing charges and appropriate licensing, according to your funder's policy.

For help and advice about publishing your manuscripts contact the Open Access Team:


The University's Research Data Management team will help with all aspects of research data management, from experimental design, organising and backing up data, to data deposition and sharing.

For help and advice about research data management contact the Research Data Management Team.

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