Open access

The University’s Open Access website has information about funder requirements (UKRI, Wellcome Trust and others), and what you can do to make your publication open access, for example through deposit to the Oxford Research Archive. You can also read the University’s Policy on Open Access.

Many funding organisations also require grantees to deposit their raw research data in appropriate public archives or stores in order to facilitate the validation of results and further work by other researchers. Find out more at Research Data Oxford.

Act on Acceptance and REF

As of April 2016 it is policy that articles and conference papers (with ISSNs) will only be eligible for submission to the next Research Framework Excellence (REF) if the author accepted manuscript is deposited in an institutional repository within three months of acceptance.

For information on act on acceptance and how to deposit see Open Access at Oxford.


Create an ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) identifier to ensure all your grants, publications and outputs are correctly attributed to you. For more information on ORCID, including how to verify your affiliation to Oxford, see the ORCID at Oxford website.

Researchers are permitted to release software on an open source licence provided that they:

  • have the approval of their head of department or their authorised delegate
  • comply with any third party terms, whether relating to funding or to software that they have used or incorporated in their software
  • have consent from any software authors who are not University employees or students

More information:

For guidance on putting in place a licence to allow access for academic or research use only contact your Research Services contracts specialist.

If you think there is potential to commercialise the software alongside an open source release contact Oxford University Innovation as early as possible.