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Open access publishing helps us to get inspired and to inspire. Yet, surprisingly much legal research is locked behind paywalls. It is equally surprising that there is little guidance as to how we can change that. Therefore, I decided to put together a list of relevant platforms that are worth your time.

Keep scrolling to check out my picks:

First up, my favourites. These eight repositories provide a human check of the uploads to ensure they meet the criteria for open access publication.

1 Archive Ouverte HAL

2 Social Science Open Access Repository

3 Digital Library of the Commons Repository


5 Institutional repository

6 Archive of European Integration
(only for... European integration and unification research)

7 EconStor
(for articles with a 'business' component)

8 Munich Personal RePEc Archive
(for articles with a 'business' component that have not been made available open access by the publisher)

After my articles have been approved on some of the platforms mentioned above, I will usually also upload them on some of the following platforms (without human verification),

9 (The well-known) Researchgate, Academia and Google Scholar

10 Lawarxiv

11 Zenodo

Do you have any other recommendations? Please let me know!


Courtesy of Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

TIP 1 Consult SHERPA/RoMEO to find publisher copyright policies

TIP 2 Whenever there is an embargo in place, put a note in your calendar to remind yourself to upload your publication later

TIP 3 Add the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) wherever you upload your publications

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