Welcome to Library Research Support

The Library Services Research support team can help you manage your research profile and disseminate your publications and data, enabling you to meet University and funder requirements.

UK Research and Innovation Block Grant

Learn how to access the UKRI block grant in order to fund APC payments to publish in gold open access journals.

Article Processing Charges (APCs) and Transitional Agreements

Find out which journals the OU has transitional agreements with and how you can publish at no extra cost to you.


Sign up for one of our training sessions on a range of topics.

FAIR Principles

Discover what FAIR means and why it is important for your research project.

Checklists for new researchers

If you are new to the Open University, these checklists highlight Library advice, information and resources available to you.

The Orb

ORO Annual Infographics 2022/23

ORO OU Infographic We have created infographics from ORO usage data. We have infographics for each faculty and IET, with some commentary on Downloads, Deposits and % Open Access for both the year...

Open Research Online (ORO) and ORCIDs

ORO & ORCIDs Accessible PDF

From open research towards open (and engaging) research communication

by Richard Holliman I recently published an article for the Times Higher Education, where I explored practical approaches to fostering open and engaging research communication. The article explores a...

How do researchers view the research environment and culture? A survey

The University of Bristol are conducting a survey in collaboration with Jisc and UKRI to better understand how researchers view aspects of the research environment and culture. This is a short,...

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