University Of Glasgow Open Access

University Of Glasgow Open Access

Open Access to research publications

Open Access to research publications means making the full text freely available on the web. This is a requirement of The Research Excellence Framework (REF), many funders, and good research practice. The library can provide support. Please email us at as soon as you have a journal article or conference paper accepted for publication.

We recommend authors consider journal embargoes when planning a submission. REF open access requirements require journal articles and conference proceedings to be open access within 12 months for Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine topics, and 24 months for Arts, Humanities and Social Science topics. The library is happy to advise on embargoes and exceptions to these.

University Of Glasgow Open Access

Open Access Presentation – Full

Managing your research publications details


About Enlighten

Enlighten is the University’s system for managing research publications. Details of all research publications must be recorded in Enlighten, as the data is used for a number of key purposes:

The University’s Publications Policy also requires staff to deposit the full text of journal articles and conference proceedings where this is permitted by publishers.

Benefits of depositing in Enlighten

Benefits for authors

  • Greater visibility of your work leading to increased access, more downloads and increased citations
  • Increased access to research material worldwide for you as a researcher
  • Compliance with funders open access policies
  • The possibility of showcasing the work of a specific research group

Wider benefits for society

  • Opening up of research literature worldwide
  • Increasing access to research for those who are ultimately funding much of it (tax payers)
  • Better access to the scholarly literature for researchers in developing countries

Benefits for the University

  • Increased visibility of the research being carried out at Glasgow
  • Potential to increase collaboration, attract research students
  • A show case for the University’s research