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Open Access at SOAS

In keeping with our mission and values, SOAS supports the principle of Open Access to ensure that as far as possible our research can be freely accessed by anyone in the world via the internet and used without restrictions for research, teaching and other purposes. The  SOAS Open Access Policy (pdf; 80kb)   (last updated and approved by the Research and Enterprise Committee in May 2017) sets out both the responsibilities and opportunities for authors at SOAS in relation to Open Access publication. It is anticipated that adherence to this Policy will support authors with: disseminating their research worldwide; complying with external funder requirements for Open Access; eligibility for the next REF; and preserving their research outputs.

Researchers at SOAS must ensure that they are familiar with the School’s Open Access Policy and ensure that they comply with the REF Open Access requirements as well as any Open Access requirements of any external funders from which they receive grants.

Engaging with general information, practicalities, increasing importance and benefits of Open Access is a good thing for every researcher to do at any stage in their career. These pages include essential information, guides and details of support that is available for Open Access at SOAS.

As Open Access has now become an integral part of research there are a number of workshops and events that both focus on and incorporate Open Access throughout the year. Researchers should write to for further information and support on making their research more openly available.