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Open Access Week: 23-29 October 2017

23 October 2017

Discover what Open Access has to offer

Open access (OA) refers to the free and immediate online access of research outputs. It is about making the products of research freely accessible to all and represents an alternative proposition to the traditional model of scholarly publishing, which often charges hefty subscription fees to access content

Open Access Week is an annual international event which aims to promote open access as the new norm for scholarship and research.  Now in its 10th year, this year's event has the tag line "open in order to..." which encourages all stakeholders to focus on what openness can enable.

Whilst open access is usually associated with journal articles, it can also apply to other types of research output such as monographs, conference proceedings, reports, theses and research data. Increasingly, major funders are mandating open access to outputs arising from funded research. For example, HEFCE (the Higher Education Funding Council for England) has introduced an open access requirement for the post-2014 REF, the core aspect of which, requires journal articles and conference proceedings to be made open access through an institutional repository.

ARRO (  is Anglia Ruskin’s institutional repository.  It holds research outputs authored by ARU staff and is delivered and managed by the University Library.  Records in the repository can be browsed by faculty, author or year.  A list of most recent submissions to the repository can be found at :

To celebrate Open Access Week 2017, a short guide has been put together covering some of the basics of open access :

We will also be tweeting useful open access resources throughout the week.

For more help and information about how to deposit your outputs to ARRO, please contact the ARRO team at :

Topics: Library resources