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Open Access

Open access is the practice of making your research outputs as available as possible so all potential readers can make use of them, regardless of economic circumstance. The University of Bath requires that peer reviewed research produced by academic staff be made openly available through our institutional repository Opus. The resources on these pages are designed to help you do that as quickly and easily as possible.

Ready for the next REF?

The next REF will require your work to be made open access. Our Next REF Ready guide will help you to ensure that your work will be eligible.

Open Access Funding

While it is usually possible to make your work open access at no cost, some publishers will require an Article Processing Charge (APC) to be paid. The Research Support team can help you with funding for open access publishing.

Pure and Opus Guides

Opus is the university’s institutional repository, through which we provide access to the work produced by our academic staff. Pure is our research management system and is used to record our research so that it can be displayed in Opus. The system is easy to use, but why not check out our Quick Guides to get the most out of it.


Theses produced by the University of Bath’s PhD students are uploaded to Pure to be made widely available through the Opus repository. See our guide on submitting your thesis for more information.

Open Access Book Publishing

Some books and book chapters can be made open access.

Search Open Access Content on Opus