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Open Access Publishing

Open access makes research outputs (e.g. articles, data) accessible free of charge online and without subscription barriers, sometimes after an agreed period has elapsed since initial publication. It complements and extends the established practices and rigorous selection of publications in peer reviewed journals and elsewhere, operating in parallel with conventional publication channels.

NUI Galway adopted a policy on Open Access to Research Outputs in October 2015 ‌. The policy requires that authors of peer-reviewed articles and peer-reviewed conference papers resulting from research carried out at NUI Galway must deposit a copy in  ARAN, the institutional repository.

Routes to Open Access Publishing

The Green route typically involves depositing the final manuscript version of your publication in a local repository. NUI Galway's supports Green open access publishing via ARAN, the institutional repository. For more information about Open Access Publishing at NUI Galway and How to submit your publications to ARAN please consult the Library Guide on Open Access Publishing

The Gold route operates on the basis of paying an Article Processing Charge (APC) to the publisher of a subscription journal so that your article is made available without charge to the reader. For more information about the Gold route and Article Processing Charges (APCs) please consult the Library Guide on Open Access Publishing

Alternative approaches include deposit in a subject repository like PubMed Central or publication in any of more than 10,000 open access journals listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals.

Open Access to PhD theses

NUI Galway has a policy of providing access to PhD theses in both print and online format. Online publication enables immediate access to a thesis from anywhere in the world and offers the potential for a thesis to be cited more frequently in other research publications.

PhD candidates must submit one hard-bound copy of the thesis to the Student Information Desk and an online copy to the Library via ARAN, the institutional repository. For more information please consult the How to submit your e-thesis to ARAN section of the Library Guide on Open Access Publishing


The Library offers an Identifier Service to staff, researchers, and students at NUI Galway.  Both DOIs and ISBNs are provided. For more information about identifiers please consult the Library Guide on Identifiers.

To request a DOI or an ISBN please contact: Trish Finnan, Digital Publishing and Data Management Librarian, Telephone: 00 353 91 495961, Email: