Open access for postgraduate researchers

All post graduate research (PGR) students must make their thesis/dissertation, research papers (peer reviewed published journal articles or conference proceedings) and research data available via open access using the University’s institutional open access repository Open Research Exeter (ORE). 

See the University of Exeter's open access and research data management policy for PGR students for more information.

You must also be aware of your funder’s open access requirements. You can find out more about funder policies at SHERPA/JULIET.


There are two ways to make your research papers available via open access:

  1. Green open access: Deposit a copy of your paper in an institutional or subject repository.
  2. Gold open access: Pay the journal publisher an article processing charge (APC) to make the paper immediately and freely accessible to all.

The University supports the green route, which is free to the researcher and can increase the visibility of your work.

Please see the green and gold open access page on the open access website for more information.


Multimedia files

Any type of file can be deposited in ORE. If your work includes images, sound or movie files which are separate from the text of your thesis/dissertation, you are encouraged to deposit these as supplementary files.

Research Data

All postgraduate researchers are expected (where possible) to deposit data that has been selected for retention into an appropriate University, national or international data service or domain repository.

Published research papers should include a short statement describing how and on what terms any supporting research data may be accessed.

For information about how to create, organise, access and maintain your research data please see the managing your data pages in the Research Toolkit.

If you have any queries, please contact