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Open access

A guide to open access at Manchester Metropolitan University.

How open access can benefit you

As a researcher, making your work open access can help make sure:

  • Your work is read more
  • Your work is cited more
  • Your work has more impact


Open Access publication

There are two ways to make your research Open Access: Gold OA, which usually involves the payment of an article processing charge (APC) to the publisher, and Green, which involves depositing your research output into an institutional repository (IR) such as e-space.

Gold OA means the full-text of the final published output (publisher's PDF) is immediately available from the publishers' website and can be deposited in e-space.

If you would like to access funds to publish via the Gold route please see the page 'Apply for an APC payment'

Green OA involves depositing a pre-publication version into the IR, e-space.  This may be immediately available or it may be subject to an embargo set by the publisher, which can vary but is typically between 6 and 24 months.  Funders such as RCUK and Hefce have imposed limits on these, the details of which can be found in their policies and mandates.

Research Data Management

Research Data Management (RDM) is the process of thinking about what will happen to your data throughout the entire research lifecycle (creation, processing, analysis, storage, re-use).

The benefits of RDM are wide-ranging and include:

  • Meeting funder requirements on open research
  • Increased citations and greater impact of your research
  • Ensuring that your research evidence is properly backed up and protected against file loss/corruption.

To find out more about RDM have a look at our guide to Research Data Management