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Benefits of Open Access

Open Access provides several advantages over traditional scholarly publication methods:

  • Greater Exposure.
  • Faster transmission.
  • Reduced cost
  • Higher citation counts for authors.
  • Eliminates inequalities in access to knowledge.
  • Gives the taxpayer access to tax-funded research.

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What is Open Access?

Open Access (OA) is the free, immediate online availability of research articles.

OA research articles unlike those in conventional subscription journals, are free at the point of use to anyone with internet access without any cost or the need for institutional login or passwords

GMIT's Shared Institutional Repository


CUAL is the shared institutional repository between the Connacht Ulster Alliance libraries which was launched in 2014 as a service for capturing, storing, preserving and showcasing the research output of the 3 institutes; GMIT, LYIT and ITSligo. CUAL provides a platform for their researchers/academic staff and students to publish and promote their work.

This repository makes research, taught masters and Ph.D theses as well as other research, including conference proceedings and journal articles by staff and students available online in the open access repository.

We can help you deposit and manage your articles in CUAL, our open access repository, so that they are easy for other researchers to find, use, and cite.

Depositing publications in CUAL leads to direct access into RIAN – a research portal showcasing Irish research excellence and sharing it with the world.

For more information on CUAL see:

Popular OA Directories



Use the SHERPA/RoMEO database of publisher copyright policies & self-archiving to find a summary of permissions that are normally given as part of each publisher's copyright transfer agreement.

Use it to find publishers or journals that permit deposit of a final version of a paper in a repository, such as PubMed or in an institutional repository, such as CUAL.

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