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Open Access Resources

The following resources provide further information about Open Access, as well as access to freely available, scholarly papers across multi-disciplines.  

AFBI Repository

The Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute Repository collects, preserves, and makes freely available research outputs and related documents created by AFBI researchers, including peer-reviewed articles and conference papers. 

Queen's University Belfast - Open Access

These pages provides advice on open access to researchers.  It includes explanations of what Open Access is, definitions of key terms, and links to other key resources.


Core is the largest aggregator of open access research papers in the world.  It aggregates open access research outputs from repositories and journals worldwide and makes them availalble to the public.  


Unpaywall is a browser extension that provies access to an open access database with over 20 million free scholarly articles.  

Directory of Open Access Journals

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.  

OpenDOAR: Directory of Open Access Repositories

OpenDOAR is a quality-assured global directory of academic open access repositories.  It enables the identification, browsing and search for repositories, based on a range of features, such as location, software or type of material held.


SHERPA RoMEO is an online resource that aggregates and analyses publisher open access policies.  It provides summaries of self-archiving permissions and conditions of rights given to authors on a journal-by-journal basis. 


SHERPA Juliet is a searchable database and single focal point of up-to-date information concerning funders’ policies and their requirements on open access, publication and data archiving.


SHERPA/FACT is a tool to help researchers check if the journals in which they wish to publish their results comply with their funder's requirements for open access to research.