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Open Access support at Cardiff University

Information for Cardiff University researchers, including detailed advice on how to comply with Open Access requirements and application forms to access the central Open Access funds for Gold Open Access, is now available on the staff and student intranets (login required).

The Open Access support team

We support Cardiff University researchers on Gold and Green routes to Open Access publishing, and the wider Open Access agenda in UK Higher Education.


  • Conduct workshops and provide Open Access advocacy
  • Provide advice on funder and post-REF Open Access requirements
  • Liaise with researchers and publishers for the payment of Gold Open Access fees from central funds
  • Check and report Open Access compliance to funders (RCUK/Wellcome/COAF)
  • Work collaboratively with other institutions and organisations to progress the Open Access agenda in the UK (such as off-setting to bring down the 'total cost of publication')

Contact the team on or phone 029 208 70965

Meet the team:

Sonja Haerkoenen

Scholarly Publications Manager  - Sonja Haerkoenen

Responsible for coordinating Open Access strategy and policy at Cardiff University in collaboration with other support services. Liaises with researchers, Schools and Colleges on Open Access publishing and self-archiving.


Rebecca Kelleher

Administrative Officer – Rebecca Kelleher

Responsible for the day-to-day activities of the team including: administration of the central Open Access funds, creating and maintaining online content for Open Access support, and general advocacy.


Projects we're involved in:

How Cardiff University supports Open Access

Cardiff University holds central funds to support its researchers with Gold Open Access publication. There are three funds and one pilot scheme available:

  • RCUK – for authors funded by AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC and STFC
  • Wellcome Trust/COAF – for authors funded by Wellcome Trust, Arthritis Research UK, Bloodwise, British Heart Foundation, Breast Cancer Now, Cancer Research UK, Parkinson's UK
  • FP7/Open AIRE – There is a pilot fund for expired FP7 funded projects through OpenAIRE
  • Institutional fund – for un-funded authors and funders not listed above

In July 2015, Cardiff University ratified the Institutional Fund (£600,000 annually for three years) to assist with Open Access for authors not in receipt of funding by the major UK funding councils.  

Cardiff University's Open Access Publications Policy

In November 2014, Cardiff University ratified a policy to guide researchers and students on our approach to Open Access.

Read the Open Access Policy 

ORCA – Online Research @ Cardiff

ORCA is the University's institutional repository, which showcases publications from our authors and researchers, including a rapidly increasing number of full-text records.

Converis – Research Data and Information System

Cardiff University is currently in the process of implementing Converis for its Research Data and Information Management System.

Cardiff University Press – Open Access Journals

Launched in July 2015, Cardiff University Press publishes high quality academic works, with a focus on journal titles. The Press currently operates the Diamond Open Access model which has neither author nor reader charges ('free in, free out').

More than just complying with funders and REF requirements

Open Access is much more important than simply complying with funder and REF requirements. Publicly-funded research should be available for anyone to read, use and build upon. This will naturally lead to an increase in citations and impact.

For example:

Hannah Littlecott, lead author on the paper 'Association between breakfast consumption and educational outcomes in 9–11-year-old children', applied for Gold OA from us in August 2015.  

The article was published on 28th September 2015 and can be read online, for free, by anyone around the world. 

Because the article was made available online, it was picked up by media in Wales, the UK and Ireland, and by specialist sector press - all of which adds to the impact of her research.  

Contact the Open Access support team to find out how Open Access publishing could increase the visibility of your research: