Open Access Policy

IDS is committed to enabling engaged excellence in constructing and sharing knowledge for development as widely as possible and supports its members (and any partner organisations) in making their work available as Open Access. The benefits of increased access include broader reach and impact worldwide, especially in Southern countries, and fostering collaboration with peers.

  • IDS recommends that members (with any partner organisations) publish through gold Open Access where feasible but that the green option is also acceptable where necessary.
  • IDS supports the use of Creative Commons licences as appropriate to the published piece and the research funder’s provisions, and always subject to proper attribution.
  • All published outputs by IDS members (and any partner organisations) are required to be deposited in the Institute’s repository – OpenDocs – at appropriate times according to any publisher and funder embargoes.
  • IDS will ensure that any special allocations from funders towards gold Open Access publishing will be suitably managed to cover any Article Processing Charges from journal publishers.
  • However, IDS members (and any partner organisations) are not deterred from publishing in journals of their choice, even if those journals do not currently support Open Access.
  • This policy applies to peer-reviewed journals, books and book chapters, conference proceedings, grey literature and other media such as photographs, video and audio material, and website content.
  • This policy, published in October 2015, will be reviewed regularly in order to respond to any changes in Open Access policy by funders and other external organisations. Implementation and evolution will be ongoing over the next strategic period (up to 2020).