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Open Access: a guide for researchers

Benefits of Open Access

A guide for Academics interested in Open Access and identifying how to make their research available via Open Access

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Benefits for Authors depositing work in Institutional Repository

  • Broadening worldwide access to material
  • Increasing citations for research material
  • Providing a method of preserving material
  • Making material easier to access from search engines
  • Raising profiles of Irish researchers internationally
  • Complying with institutional and funders mandates

Benefits of Open Access

Open Access

The University supports the principles of Open Access (OA) and encourages its researchers to disseminate their research findings as widely as possible.

Open Access definition

Open access (OA) refers to unrestricted online access to articles published in scholarly journals, and also increasingly to book chapters or monographs.

Open Access policy

Maynooth University policy is that for all research and scholarly publications, which arise in whole or in part from research carried out at the University, and subject to the copyright and archiving policies of the publisher, the publication contents should be made available at the earliest possible date through the Maynooth University Open Access Repository. The Maynooth University policy was introduced with effect from 1 May 2011, and was reviewed May 2017.  This updated policy, passed by MU Academic Council, will be reviewed no later than May 2022.

Benefits of Open Access



Benefits for Maynooth University

Benefits to Maynooth University

  • Providing a showcase of Maynooth’s research publications
  • Raising the profile of Maynooth’s research internationally through broader access and citations
  • Providing a space for individuals, research groups, schools and colleges to display research work
  • Increasing potential collaboration and synergies between Irish and international researchers