Open Access

Funder Requirements for Open Access


What is Open Access?

Open Access (OA) means that research outputs are made freely available on the web to all, with no (or limited) license restrictions. 


Why does Open Access matter?

Open Access publishing help to maximise the visibility of your work as the potential readership is far greater than that for publications where the text is restricted to subscribers only.

Several research funders are introducing rules requiring researchers to publish their work in open repositories or in journals that are available to all from the 1st January 2021, examples include:

These funders will require all research articles which arise from funding to be:

  • made freely available at the time of publication

and to be

  • openly licenced.

Sherpa Juliet provides a checklist of funding agencies and their open access requirements for research outputs.


What do I need to do?

For guidance on making your research Open Access and complying with funder requirements, see the UCD Library website:- 


In addition, the Library website explains the three main routes through which you can comply with SFI's Open Access policy: