Open Access and Impact

Getting to Grips with Open Access and Impact

Open access publication – what does it mean?

Increasingly scholars within the UK are being asked to publish their work by open access routes.  This can involve several different formats and modes of funding.  Some research funding bodies require open access publication, and certain versions of it are becoming essential for work to be valid for REF submission.  This may involve action when you submit your work, not just when it is published in hard copy print format.  For advice, see: (with links to a guidance document) – useful guidance provided by the Royal Historical Society


Impact – what is it, and how does one do it?

‘Impact’ is increasingly a requirement of academic life in the UK.  You can find advice on what it is, how to undertake it, and how to measure and record it, at: (page contains links to several other useful pages on the ESRC’s website)

Examples can be found at: