Accessibility statement

The University Library also supports the transition to open access for research publications through 'transformative' publisher agreements and funding for article processing charges (APCs). 

Please see our York Open Access Fund web pages for futher information.

Open Research initiatives, tools and infrastructure

The University of York Library proudly supports a range of initiatives, tools and infrastructure services which are helping to facilitate the shift towards a culture of open research practice.

These deliver benefits to York researchers across a variety of disciplines as well as the global research community and wider public. Financial support is provided through formal memberships, subscriptions and one-off donations. The Library engages with consortia-based frameworks such as SCOSS and Jisc OACF when considering how and where to pledge our support. 

Who we support…


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The Arc Humanities Press Future Perfect New Voices awards programme funds sustainable open access monograph publication in medieval studies for ECRs (Early Career Researchers), independent researchers and those without other sources of financial support.

arXiv is a pioneering open access repository of pre- and post-prints in various scientific disciplines, enabling researchers to share their work with the global community at an early stage. The University of York has been a Community Contributor since 2018. 


The Library subscribes to the Central European University (CEU) Press political science and history monograph packages, enabling them to publish up to 25 new open access titles each year via Opening the Future, a new model for open access book publication originating from the COPIM project.

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DataCite provides persistent identifiers (DOIs) for open access repository items, helping to enhance discoverability for University of York research data and other outputs. Our Research Data York web pages provide further information for York researchers on how to obtain a DOI.

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The De Gruyter Purchase to Open pilot aims to publish up to 30 front-list monographs and collected volumes between September 2022 and August 2023, benefitting researchers and learners across a range of Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences disciplines.

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DMPonline supports researchers writing their Data Management (and Sharing) Plans through the provision of funder templates (including UKRI) and the York DMP template, detailed guidance to help you write your plan, and features such as sharing and export options. Further guidance on DMPonline is provided on our Planning your data management web page. 

 DOAB logo

DOAB (Directory of Open Access Books) is a community-driven discovery service that indexes and provides access to over 50,000 open access books from around 600 publishers. Authors can utilise DOAB to find open access book publishers in their discipline.

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DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) contains almost 17,500 peer-reviewed open access journals from across the world, covering all subject areas. Authors can use DOAJ to discover open access journals in their area of research.

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IRIS (Instruments for Research into Second Languages) is an open repository of instruments, materials and stimuli that are used to elicit data for research into second and foreign languages. The repository was developed by the University of York Digital Library team with colleagues from the Department of Education.

LingOA: Linguistics in Open Access logo

LingOA brings together scholar-led open access journals in linguistics to share experiences and best practice. They have also provided a foundation for journals to shift from subscription models to diamond (APC-free) open access, and have established their own title Glossa Psycholinguistics.

MIT Press Direct to Open logo

The MIT Press Direct to Open (D2O) model harnesses collective action to provide open access to around 90 new MIT Press scholarly monographs and edited collections each year. The University of York supports open access in both their HSS and STEAM collections, which also provides our researchers and learners with access to over 2,000 backlist titles through the Library. 

New Historical Perspectives is an innovative open access history book series focused on funding ECRs and offering support, feedback and mentoring throughout the publishing process. The series is published in collaboration between University of London Press, the Royal Historical Society and the Institute of Historical Research.

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OAPEN (Open Access Publishing in European Networks) provides open access book infrastructure services and collections for the benefits of publishers, libraries and researchers. OAPEN operates the OAPEN Library, OAPEN Open Access Books Toolkit, and DOAB (see first column) in partnership with OpenEdition.

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OASIS (Open Accessible Summaries in Language Studies) makes research on language learning, use, and education available and accessible to a wide audience through one-page summaries of published research articles. The site is powered by the University of York Digital Library and managed by colleagues from the Department of Education.

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OASPA (Open Access Scholarly Publishing Association) is a diverse community of publishers engaged in open research across varied geographies and disciplines. Their stated mission is to encourage and enable open access as the predominant model for communication of scholarly outputs.

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Open Book Publishers is an open access publisher focused on the arts, humanities and social sciences with no processing charges for authors. Their publications include monographs, edited collections, textbooks and critical translations.

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OpenDOAR (Jisc) is the quality-assured, global Directory of Open Access Repositories. It indexes thousands of repositories from around the world that host different types of academic outputs without any barriers to access.

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Open Library of the Humanities (OLH) is an open access publishing platform for academic journals across the arts and humanities, with no processing charges for authors. They currently host over 20 titles including their own multidisciplinary journal.

The OpenUP ECR Monograph Initiative is a collaboration between six well-established UK university presses (University of Bristol, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Manchester, UCL and University of Wales Press) to fund the cost of open access book publication for first-time ECR authors. The project aims to publish twelve titles each year, starting in 2023.

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ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) provides researchers with a persistent and unique digital identifier which helps distinguish your work and ensures that your publications and research activities are correctly attributed. Guidance for University of York researchers is provided on our ORCID web pages.

PCI logo

PCI (Peer Community In) establishes peer-led communities which evaluate and recommend pre-prints in various scientific disciplines, with the intention of circumventing the need for publication in traditional journals. They also manage their own Peer Community Journal and a list of PCI-friendly journals.

Programming Historian delivers openly-licensed and open source peer reviewed tutorials which help arts and humanities researchers discover new digital tools, techniques and workflows. 

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punctum books is an independent and radical open access publisher, specialising in stylistically experimental works across the arts, humanities and social sciences. They are dedicated to making their entire operation run on open source software with no processing charges for authors. 

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SCOAP3 (Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics) is a global partnership of around 3,000 institutions and organisations which has helped convert over 50,000 articles in established journals to an open access model. 

SPARC Europe provides leadership to Europe’s Higher Education and research communities towards achieving its stated vision; that open access to education and research should be the default.

University of Michigan Press Fund to Mission logo

University of Michigan Press Fund to Mission aims to convert at least 75% of their monographs to open access by the end of 2023, at no additional cost to authors. Their initiative helps move toward a more open, sustainable infrastructure for research in the humanities and social sciences.

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University of Westminster Press CDSMS (Critical, Digital and Social Media Studies) is one of the only open access books series without publication fees in the field of Communication and Media Studies, a research area of increasing importance in the internet age.

White Rose eTheses Online logo

White Rose eTheses Online (WReO) is a shared online repository of doctoral-level theses from the University of Leeds, the University of Sheffield, and the University of York.

WReO contains University of York PhD and MPhil theses from 2013 onwards, and a selection of pre-2013 theses. The full text of theses is available for most records.

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White Rose Research Online (WRRO) is a shared, open access repository for the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. 

The repository contains research outputs from each of the three Universities, including journal articles, books, book chapters, working papers, conference papers, discussion papers, and more. Open access to full-text is provided wherever possible.

White Rose University Press logo

White Rose University Press (WRUP) is a non-profit, open access digital publisher of peer-reviewed academic journals and books across a wide range of academic disciplines. WRUP is run jointly by the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York, but welcomes proposals from across the wider academic community.

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