Community infrastructure

The University of Manchester supports a wide range of community-level initiatives which underpin the global open research movement.

We support the development of more sustainable, diverse and equitable open research infrastructure. This is acheived by allocating a portion of our budgets to community infrastructre, and through the work of the University's wider research community.

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ORCID enables transparent and trustworthy connections between researchers, their contributions, and their affiliations by providing a unique, persistent identifier for individuals to use as they engage in research, scholarship, and innovation activities.

As a lead member of the UK ORCID consortium the University helps to sustain this global, not-for-profit organisation which has become an essential part of the global research infrastructure.


PsyArXiv is a pre-print repository for psychological research opened in 2016 and created by the Society for Improvement of Psychological Science (SIPS) who run the archive and Center for Open Science (COS) who power its infrastructure.

The University is an Institutional Member of PsyArXiv, providing financial and strategic support.

Open Library of Humanities

The University is a Gold Supporting Member of The Open Library of Humanities (OLH) which is a charitable organisation dedicated to publishing open access scholarship with no author-facing article processing charges (APCs).

Funded by an international consortium of libraries, OLH aims to support and extend open access to scholarship in the humanities.

PLoS Community Action Publishing (CAP)

The University is a member of the PLoS Community Action Publishing (CAP) model which, like OLH, aims to eliminate author APCs in order to make their most selective Open Access journals truly open to read and open to publish.

Models such as PLOS CAP are designed to create a more equitable Open Access publishing landscape.

Opening the Future

We are members of Opening the Future which provides a collective subscription model to the backlist content of university presses in order to fund the publication of frontlist book titles on an open access basis.

It is an innovative and scalable business model that avoids the use of book processing charges with the goal to show a route to sustainable OA for the foundational publications of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Open Science Framework

The Open Science Framework is a free, open-source online tool that connects and supports the research workflow, enabling scientists to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their research.

The OSF can be used by researchers, journals, institutions, funders and even for sharing academic meetings and conferences.

Researchers use OSF to collaborate, document, archive, share, and register research projects, materials, and data.

Engaging Science, Technology, and Society (ESTS)

The University of Manchester is a supporting member of ESTS, a Diamond Open Access journal published by the non-profit Society for Social Studies of Science. Investment received from supporting members helps the journal to publish research in the social studies of science, technology, and medicine without the need for authors to pay an APC.


The wider research community at the University of Manchester is also developing excellent resources which address Open Research matters at a disciplinary level, such as the RDMKit:

The ELIXIR Research Data Management Kit (RDMkit) has been designed to help life scientists to better manage their research data following the FAIR Principles. It is based on the various steps of the data lifecycle, and RDMkit is recommended in the Horizon Europe Program Guide as the "resource for Data Management guidelines and good practices for the Life Sciences.