The University of Hull Open Access Policy can be found at https://hydra.hull.ac.uk/resources/hull:10503. This came into force on 1st April 2015. In summary:
- All journal articles or conference papers with an ISSN (International Standard Serial Number) should be made open access by following the flowchart below
- All other research outputs should be made open access via the repository where feasible
Enquiries regarding the Open Access Policy should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Submission of research outputs should be directed to email@example.com, please send each output as a separate email or deposit via Hydra. To deposit an article, sign into http://hydra.hull.ac.uk and click on Deposit. Then enter the details requested and upload the Author's final accepted version of your article. If you are unsure what constitutes the Author's final version of the article please check the FAQs in this guide.
The HEFCE policy for the next REF dictates that all university research outputs published in journals or conference papers with an ISSN need to be open access. There is no preference between Gold or Green as long as you use one of them. The local University policy ensures compliance with the HEFCE policy. In effect it is a default Green Open Access policy because all university research outputs published in journals or conference papers with an ISSN must be deposited in Hydra, the institutional repository. It is advisable that you make yourself aware of the embargo period attached to the particular journal you want to publish in as soon as possible. If you wish, in addition you can pay an Article Processing Charge (APC) and publish via the Gold Open Access route.
If you are unsure whether to publish via the Gold Open Access route, ask yourself the following questions:
Whichever route you choose, please see the flowchart above.
SHERPA, which partners with JISC, provides services for checking the OA policies of publishers and journals and how these comply with funders. They also maintain OpenDOAR.
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