Open access

For any Open Access queries, please contact Open Access support team.

Hannah Reidy - Research Operations Coordinator -

Sophie Martin – Research Operations Administrator –

Scott McGowan – Head of Library Academic Services –

Open Access (OA) is an important part of your research. The OA movement works to ensure publicly funded research is made available to the widest possible audience, usually through online repositories or academic journals.

The below sections will answer common queries regarding OA and if you would like to speak to a member of the team please contact us using the details above.

When your publication is accepted for publication, upload a copy of the accepted manuscript to Symplectic (, or email the accepted output directly to the Open Access team at You need to do this within 12 weeks of the acceptance date but can still do it after this time if the deadline is missed. Guidance on using Symplectic can be found here.

The OA team will check each publication within the repository to ensure it complies with publisher and funder requirements, and to apply any required embargoes.

There may be funds within your grant to pay for open access charges, to check if this is the case you will need to liaise directly with your funder. Keele has open access agreements with some publishers and small funding pots for Research Council/Welcome funded research to make outputs openly available with the publishers. For more information on this visit the Open Access Repository website here.

You can access our repository at Please note you do not need a login to access the system. If you are unable to see a publication, this will be because it is currently under embargo.

Keele Research Repository (

  • Search for Open Access research papers deposited by Keele academics and researchers.
  • Click here to view the latest usage statistics for the repository
  • Alternatively, track your own paper to see how many times it has been accessed by logging-in to IRUS-UK and selecting Article Reports 4 from the Statistics Report menu. You can choose a date range, enter a journal title and choose a repository to view the articles and usage. Then click on the Total link to sort the results by most used first.

Keele Data Repository (

  • Search for Open Access research data deposited by Keele academics and researchers.

arXiv (

  • Over 1 million research papers and documents are available to search here for Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics.


  • Over 100 million documents are available to search here and 60% are considered Open Access.


  • Provides access to millions of research papers and articles.


  • The Directory of Open Access Journals provides access to over 10,000 Open Access journals with over 2.5 million articles and is growing all the time.

OpenDOAR (

  • Browse a list of global institutional repositories or search for content from those repositories.

OpenGrey (

  • Provides references to European research reports, conference papers and other "grey literature" and ways in which to access the material. Some full-text availability.


You can arrange a one-to-one appointment to discuss any aspect of Open access. Please email us at and we can make arrangements with you. Training sessions are also run by the Keele Institute for Innovation and Teaching Excellence (KIITE) - see information skills for research page.