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Open Access to research publications involves making them freely available online rather than charging readers to read and use them. Open Access to research data makes data more widely available for re-use by others to support research, innovation and wider public use.

HEFCE calls for all author accepted manuscripts of journal articles or conference proceedings to be deposited in an open access repository at the time of acceptance for publication. The University administers publication funds for Wellcome Trust and RCUK that can reimburse publisher charges for immediate open access to the publisher's version. Other research funders have policies that call for open access.

The University operates an advice site at

Apollo is the University of Cambridge’s institutional repository, preserving and providing access to content created by members of the University. It is delivered and managed by the University Library.  Open access research publications published by members of the University are being added to Apollo in line with research funder requirements.