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The Open Access (OA) movement is based upon the key principle that publicly funded research should be made publicly available and as widely accessible as possible. Open Access material is online and free at the point of access, without barriers such as subscription or registration. There is significant evidence to suggest that publishing your work Open Access leads to wider readership, increased downloads and ultimately more citations.

Please take a look at the University’s Open Access Policy covering academic journal articles, conference papers, book chapters and other research output by Loughborough authors.

This Open Access Policy supports the requirements specified by HEFCE in its Policy for open access in the post-2014 Research Excellence Framework, which states that certain research outputs should be made open-access to be eligible for submission to the next Research Excellence Framework (REF). This requirement will apply to journal articles and conference proceedings accepted for publication after 1 April 2016. Credit is also given for other categories of publications. As advised by HEFCE, Loughborough began the implementation of the HEFCE policy in April 2015.

Loughborough University has an Open Access Institutional Repository into which staff may self-archive their research output. Submission to the Institutional Repository is via the LUPIN system.

Explore the pages in this section to find out more about how to submit your papers to the Institutional Repository, funders’ Open Access requirements, how to request OA funding for RCUK funded papers, Open Access discounts, and more