What is Open Access?
Open Access is simply making published research results freely available to anyone with an internet connection rather than keeping those results hidden behind a subscription paywall.
Why do it?
Making research articles Open Access is a requirement for most funders, including HEFCE's for the next REF. It also ensures that they are more discoverable, more accessible, and therefore more likely to be cited.
What do I need to do?
The easy way to make your articles Open Access is to upload your accepted manuscripts to www.openaccess.cam.ac.uk as soon as they're accepted for publication. The University’s open access team will add it to the repository for you and advise on any other funder open access requirements that might apply.
The new deposit service allows researchers to claim and deposit their publications and data via their Symplectic Elements profile. The deposit system works in much the same way as the current upload system but has a number of benefits to researchers, administrators and the open access and data staff.
These links to the University's Scholarly Communication site give more detail about the process and answer common questions about Uploading Articles, Multiple Authors, Manuscripts and the Repository, Funder Policies, and Copyright and Publisher Policies.
If you have any other questions, do contact the LibAnswers team who will be able to help.