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Open Access at Oxford has reached a new milestone. Over 10,000 articles have been deposited for Act on Acceptance in the University’s repository ORA since April 2016.

The 10,000th manuscript processed by the ORA team was a paper in Heart journal entitled ‘Cochrane Corner: Self-monitoring and self-management of oral anticoagulation’, by a trio of researchers from the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences: Professor Carl Heneghan, Dr Kamal Mahtani and Dr Elizabeth Spencer.

Anyone can read the article as, in accordance with the publisher’s permissions, the deposited manuscript is already freely available through the ORA record. The record also links to the published version which can be read by those with institutional or individual subscription access.

Professor Heneghan, head of the CEBM, said they were ‘delighted to be the 10,000th article, and it is great value to be able to share work through ORA, which is making Oxford research accessible to all. Accessibility of research is imperative to improving healthcare.’

He added that the Evidence-Based Medicine Manifesto for Better Healthcare, recently published in the BMJ, places a similar importance on access to research. Its nine steps towards developing trustworthy evidence include the need to

Make research evidence relevant, replicable and accessible to end users.

‘This is highly relevant to what the ORA is doing, as a considerable amount of research findings are wasted if they are inaccessible or poorly communicated to end users.’

Almost 3500 researchers across the University have uploaded their Author Accepted Manuscripts (AAMs) to ORA between April 2016 and July 2017.

Many thanks and congratulations to everyone involved.

For more information about the University’s commitment to ensuring the widest possible access to its research findings please visit Open Access at Oxford.

To be eligible for the next Research Excellence Framework (REF), journal articles and conference proceedings (in publications with an ISSN) accepted since 1 April 2016 must be deposited in an open access repository within 3 months of acceptance. For guidance on depositing in ORA please see Act on Acceptance.