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Core Resources for Statistics and Probability: Open Access

Subjects: Mathematics, Statistics

Open Access Oxford

Information on all aspects of Open Access publication and funder and University Open Access policy can be found on the Open Access Oxford website.

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Help with OA publishing

For advice on Open Access Publishing please contact your subject librarian

Subject specific sessions related to OA Publishing will be arranged in TT. 

Bodleian Libraries is also running general (non subject specific) workshops on Open Access.

Open Access and the next REF - Act on Acceptance

In order to be eligible for the REF, the final peer-reviewed version of journal articles and conference papers (with an ISSN) accepted since 1 April 2016 must be deposited in an open access repository within 3 months of acceptance for publication. This is the version sometimes known as the ‘Author-Accepted-Manuscript’ or AAM. 

The University developed a quick deposit system as part of its Act on Acceptance campaign. This began on 1st October 2015, in preparation for REF 2021, and to boost the wider accessibility of Oxford's research. 

What you need to do. All academic and research staff employed by the collegiate University should:

  • deposit all your newly-accepted journal articles and conference papers into ORA
  • do it through Symplectic Elements
  • do it within 3 months of the date of acceptance
  • start now. Go to Act on Acceptance to find out more and Deposit your work.

The ORA team check copyright & licensing conditions, create an ORA record and make the full-text available after the embargo period. 

If you have any questions please contact our email helpline:

Further information and updates are available on the Open Access Oxford website:

Funder requirements

Since April 2013 funding councils which are part of RCUK require articles published in peer reviewed journals or conference proceedings to be open access.

More information can be found at

Many other funding bodies have similar open access requirements.  See our list of funding bodies for more information or visit the Sherpa Juliet web site which provides full details of requirements for each funder.

Open Access Publishing

 The RCUK policy applies to all researchers holding grants from the Research Councils and to postgraduate research students funded by the Research Councils.

RCUK requires all peer reviewed journal articles (including review articles) and peer reviewed papers in conference proceedings submitted for publication from 1 April 2013 which result from research that is wholly or partially funded
by the Research Councils to

(a) Be available on-line, free, not only to personal or institutional subscribers
     to the journal in which papers are published but to all readers through 

       -  immediate 'Gold Access' with rights to unrestricted re-use of content
          with proper attribution upon payment of A
rticle Processing Charges (APC) OR
      -  a 'Green' option which allows, at a minimum, the accepted manuscript
          with all changes 
resulting from peer-review, to be deposited in a repository
          without restrictions on non-
commercial re-use and with a maximum embargo
          period of 6 months 
with rights to unrestricted re-use of content
          with proper attribution;

(b) Include ‘details of the funding that supported the research’, and

(c) Include ‘a statement on how the underlying research materials – such as data, samples or models – can be accessed.’


An ORCID iD is a unique researcher identifier, used worldwide, that you keep throughout your life and retain even if you move institution.

Click the green button to get an 'ORCID at Oxford' register for an ORCID at Oxford

You can create new or connect existing ORCIDs with the university this way. Use the How to register tab of this guide for step-by-step help.

ORCID is increasingly becoming the method of choice by funders and publishers globally to unambiguously link people to their publications and grants.

The Wellcome Trust and NIHR are examples of funders which require ORCIDs in grant applications.

Your ORCID record is owned and managed solely by you, not the University.