ACT on ACCEPTANCE: make the REF 2021

What is Act on Acceptance?

From 1st April 2018, changes to UKRI’s open access policy (formerly HEFCE) require researchers to submit their work to City Research Online within 3 months of acceptance to be eligible for the next REF.

As soon as you know your research will be published in a peer-reviewed journal, or conference proceedings, Act on Acceptance and make your research open access.

What do you have to do?

  • Upload your publications to your Publications profile as soon as possible after they have been accepted for publication.
  • Make sure it’s the accepted manuscript and not the published version: the accepted version is peer-reviewed but not typeset for publication.

What happens next?

The Publications Team will check your deposits to make sure they are compliant with the HEFCE policy, and the publishers’ terms and conditions regarding copyright and embargo periods. Once these checks are complete, they will make them available in the City Research Online repository.

What if you need help?

If you need help with depositing papers, or have questions about the open access policy, you can consult the City Research Online and Publications library guides.

Alternatively, you can contact the Publications Team who will:

  • Answer enquiries by telephone and email.
  • Meet with you in one to one appointments.
  • Help you understand the HEFCE open access policy.
  • Help you upload your papers to your publications profile.

New resources available on Westlaw

Library Services now provides all current City students access to a huge range of books and looseleaf encyclopaedias on Westlaw.

Previously, access was limited to a small selection of titles such as The White Book, Archbold, and Palmer’s Company Law. Our new extended subscription gives access to over 300 books, including 66 looseleaf works  and all the Common Law Library titles.

What subjects are covered?

These titles cover a lot of different law topics: Company & Commercial, Crime, EU and International Law, Land and Property, Litigation, Tort and many more.

There are now 9 new arbitration titles in the collection, for example Davidson on Arbitration, Handbook of UNCITRAL Arbitration, and Russell on Arbitration.

Shipping books such as Snell’s Equity, Kennedy Rose on the Law of Salvage, and Scrutton on Charter parties are now available online, which means you don’t have to wait to get your hands on it!

We also subscribe to 66 looseleaf works. This means you don’t have to come to the library to access important material such as UK Oil & Gas law; Mitchell, Taylor and Talbot on Confiscation and the Proceeds of Crime; or Emmett & Farrand on Title. It’s all available from your computer and you can access it from everywhere.

You also have now access to all the Common Law Library titles, such as: Bowstead & Reynolds On Agency; Gatley on Libel and Slander; Goff & Jones: The Law of Unjust Enrichment and many others.

If you’re already writing your dissertation, you’ll be happy to know that, thanks to this, the library is in a better position to support you as even more content will be accessible remotely.

Not a law student? We have a lot of titles on banking and finance, and also business, accounting and health and social care.

How do I get a list of all the available books?

Does this sound interesting but you’re unsure which books are in the collection?

There are many books available, some of which you may be unfamiliar with as we have never had them before. To get a full list, search “Westlaw” in our catalogue ( and log in using your City username and password. From the top menu click on “Books”: you can see all the titles included in our subscription. If you wish, you can also filter the titles by subject area, by using the menu on the left-hand side.

Resolved: issues accessing online journals

The problems we were experiencing accessing some online journals have now been resolved by our suppliers, and you should be able to access our online titles as usual.

If you are still getting a 502 Bad Gateway error when trying to access an online journal please try to clear your browser’s cache.  If the issues persist then please do contact the Library.


Problems accessing some online journals: 502 bad gateway

Update: 22nd March 16:15

The issues we were experiencing have now been resolved.  If you are still getting a 502 Bad Gateway error when accessing our online journals please try to clear your browser’s cache.  If the issues persist then please do contact the Library.

We are currently experiencing some problems accessing some online journals, resulting in a 502 bad gateway error.

This is due to technical issues with the platform that provides online journal hosting to several of our suppliers, blocking access to content.  A number of universities have been affected by this, and we are working with publishers to resolve the issues as soon as possible.

We have been able to find workarounds for some of the suppliers, and are regularly updating our help and guidance to reflect the current status.


New publications added to PressReader

PressReader is a resource which lets you access over 7,000 newspapers and magazines from 97 countries in 54 languages in full colour, full page format. This month PressReader has added a number of new publications to its catalogue.

New titles include:

Existing  magazine titles include:

Magazines for a healthy body, healthy mind…

To access PressReader you must login with your City ID. If you have questions about PressReader or any of it’s content please email

Psyched about DPsychs

If you’re in the process of studying to become a practitioner psychologist and preparing to carry out a research project, you will probably want to have at look at past theses submitted by previous City students.

You can of course search for theses using CityLibrary Search and/or browse City Research Online, but our Subject Librarian Antonella has also created a handy list of DPsychs published over the last few years on Reading Lists Online– plus she’s helpfully highlighted the methodology used too.

Image of the list of DPsychs on Reading Lists Online
List of DPsychs on Reading Lists Online

There are many theses available in full-text via City Research Online as well as print copies available on request from our basement store, so hopefully you’ll find some great examples to help you get started.

Fairtrade Fortnight

This year Fairtrade Fortnight takes place from Monday 26th February to Sunday 11th March. 
This is an opportunity to celebrate the great work which Fairtrade does around the world to make a difference to the lives of the people who grow the things we love: chocolate, coffee, wine, bananas, gold. 

How does Fairtrade work?

Fairtrade change the way trade works through better prices, decent working conditions and a fair deal for farmers and workers in developing countries. 
The Fairtrade Premium is a small increase in the cost of some goods which goes directly to the farmers and farming co-ops. This allows them to invest in their communities.
This small price can support things that have a massive impact on communities around the world: education and healthcare for children, or building infrastructure such as roads.