What is Open Access?

Open Access originates from the principle that publicly funded research should be made publicly available, ensuring that the outcomes of research reach the widest audience as quickly as possible.

Many funders now require Open Access as part of their grant conditions. Staff should be aware of the terms of their funding to ensure they are able to fulfil the Open Access requirements with regards to research data and publishing.

Please email Discovery@dundee.ac.uk for help and information about funder policies and how to ensure compliance.

The University Open Access Policy sits within the Policy Roadmap as part of the Research Governance and Policy Handbook. Staff should familiarise themselves with these policies prior to undertaking a research project.

Open Access is also a requirement of REF2021. Specifically, all articles and conference proceedings accepted for publication after April 2016 must be open access.

Research Services offer a mediated deposit service for staff required to meet REF2021 expectations for Open Access publications.

Do publishers offer Article Processing Charge (APC) discounts?

Some publishers do offer a discount for University of Dundee staff and students. The conditions, type of discount available and processes for applying for these discounts vary. To make it easier for you, if you are submitting work to any of the publishers listed below, please contact us for more support:

  • Sage
  • Springer
  • Wiley Open Access
  • Royal Society
  • Taylor & Francis
  • Future Science OA


Where can I find out more?

More information about Open Access and the services available to support open research in general can be found by reading our handy guide.

Where can I get support?

LLC Research Services offer a range of services to support research staff and students with Open Access.

Contact Discovery@dundee.ac.uk for more information regarding:

  • Open Access payments for research funded by the Charities Open Access Fund (COAF*).
  • Open Access payments for research funded by UKRI
  • Requests for Open Access funding from our institutional fund
  • Information about Open Access and Research Data Management and how to comply with your funder’s requirements
  • Information about licensing, including Creative Commons
  • REF2021 open access compliance
  • Publisher discount schemes
  • Discovery Research Portal and Pure


*COAF comprises the following medical charities: Bloodwise, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Parkinson’s UK, Versus Arthritis ,Wellcome Trust