Why should I put my research on Open Access?

Open Access is not just about benefiting the general public, there are clear benefits to individual researchers and their institutions:

  • Increased visibility of research and researchers, helping you to reach new audiences
  • Increased impact: Open Access research is cited more frequently
  • Research lifecycle can be accelerated: published, read, cited, built on
  • Compliance with funder mandates
  • Creation of new collaborative opportunities and exchange of knowledge
  • Public good: sharing scholarship and intellectual wealth

Research that is openly and freely available will be found more easily through, for example, Google, Google Scholar, specialist search engines such as BASE, and harvesters that trawl the web aggregating related content.

A number of recent studies have clearly demonstrated that putting research on OA increases the number of times it is cited. Additionally, the research lifecycle may be speeded up – it is quicker to get research out there and noticed and it can make collaborating and sharing easier.

Lancaster University is committed to ensuring that the outputs of our research are made readily available to anyone who would benefit from them. See Lancaster University Open Access Policy

Find out more about the Open Access movement

  • Listen to Lancaster Vice-Chancellor Professor Mark E. Smith's podcast on the strategic implications of open access for Lancaster University, and the broader impact on the higher education sector.
  • Listen to Sir Mark Walport, Chief Executive of the Wellcome Trust, on why Open Access is important
  • Stevan Harnad’s open access web pages
  • Go Open Access, a series of short films aiming to promote wider awareness and understanding of Open Access
  • Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission, on libraries, access to knowledge and Open Access
  • Where next with Open Access? A presentation by Martin Hall, Chair of the Open Access Implementation Group and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Salford (predates Finch Report and RCUK policy)
  • Web pages from the Open Citation Project on the effect of Open Access and downloads on citation impact