Socio-Legal Studies Association

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Open access

The SLSA Board has an active Open Access Working Group to keep a watching brief on developments in this constantly changing area. The Working Group will be closely following UKRI announcements on this issue post REF-2021 and where appropriate will liaise with the SLSA Board regarding future advice and guidance for SLSA members. Members will be kept informed about the Working Group's activities via the Socio-Legal Newsletter, the weekly SLSA ebulletin and the SLSA blog where appropriate.  

Below, members will find a number of links to OA resources and advice currently available. If you know of any other useful links that could be included on this page, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the details.

Research funders' policies and guidance


UK Universities: policies and guidance


  • OpenDOAR: enables the identification, browsing and search for repositories
  • SHERPA FACT: checks if compliance with funder open access policies can be achieved with a particular journal
  • SHERPA REF helps authors and institutions decide whether a journal allows them to comply with the OA REF policy
  • SHERPA Romeo: enables researchers and librarians to see publishers’ conditions for open access archiving on a journal-by-journal basis


Blogs, websites and advice


General resources


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