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Open Access, Copyright and REF: OA Repository Suffolk (OARS)

This guide provides information on the UCS policy on open access. It explains how you can publish and disseminate your research, providing guidance on the publication process, including selection of publication, deposit in the institutional repository, an


What is OARS?

OARS is the institutional repository for University Campus Suffolk, Open Access Repository Suffolk. It is an online archive which collects together all of our research, and scholarly activity, textual and non-textual, in a digital form, and makes it accessible to everyone. 

OARS uses open source software EPrints which has been developed by the University of Southampton. 


Material types

What types of materials are deposited in OARS?

The repository will contain research and scholarly activity outputs from University of Suffolk academic and professional services staff. this will normally include items such as:

  • journal articles
  • books or book chapters
  • conference papers or posters
  • commissioned reports
  • digital representations of images, artefacts, compositions, performances or recordings
  • intellectual property, granted patents, published patents, or any other form
  • trade / professional publications
  • teaching materials
  • newspaper / magazine articles
  • doctoral theses

Full text materials will be deposited where available, and in accordance with copyright requirements.

Access OARS (click the image to enter OARS)

OARS access image

Benefits of OARS

Why should materials be included in OARS?

All material within the repository is open access. This means that your work is visible to anyone searching the repository, or using search tools which index institutional repositories including our own tool Summon, Google, and specialist services such as OpenDOAR

How is this different from using personal profiles such as Mendeley?

OARs enables University of Suffolk to collect all University of Suffolk research and scholarly outputs together. It enables University of Suffolk to monitor and report on research outputs, and promote and share the research being undertaken within the institution promoting knowledge exchange with local businesses and communities. An increased institutional profile will help to attract research partners and funding. 

OARS and the REF

In order to make a submission as part of REF2020, University of Suffolk must have made all submitted materials freely available via an institutional repository. 


Training and Support

Training will be provided through the University of Suffolk staff development programme and the Research Development programme. Enquiries or requests for support may be made at any time to