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Open Access: Gold OA

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Gold Open Access to journal articles (free-to-view on the publisher's platform, with a licence which supports re-use) is mandated by a number of research funders. Commercial publishers typically compensate for lost revenue from readers by charging a fee to publish.  
Article processing charges typically range between £50 - £3000, depending on discipline and journal/publisher. University of Hull authors may be able to obtain funding to cover their costs - see Paying for Open Access in this guide.
Some publishers waive fees when one or more authors is based in a developing country; others enter into agreements with institutions to offset the cost of APCs against subscriptions.  Refer your publisher's Guidance for Authors for more information.

UKRI Open Access Policy

The UK Research Councils (AHRC, BBSRC, ESRC, EPSRC, MRC, NERC, and STFC) issued an Open Access Policy in April 2013, which came into immediate effect.  In summary, this states:

  • All journal articles that originate from research funded by the Research Councils must be made available on open access.
  • Gold open access should be used wherever possible, in which case the article must be Open Access immediately from date of publication.
  • If no viable Gold option is available, Green open access must be utilized, with an embargo of no more than 6 months for STEM disciplines, and 12 for AHRC/ESRC-funded projects.
  • Articles must be published with a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) licence.

An annual audit of compliance with the policy is carried out in April each year. 

University of Hull authors should be aware that the institutional OA policy requires authors to deposit all journal articles in Worktribe, regardless of open access status.

SHERPA, which partners with Jisc, provides services for checking publishers' and journals' OA options, and how these comply with funders' policies. The information they provide may help you choose whether a title is appropriate to publish in. They also maintain OpenDOAR, which maintains a list of repositories you may wish to deposit in.

Choosing a licence

A key part of publishing open access material is ensuring that readers understand what permissions they have for re-use of the material. The Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association offers best practice guidelines on licensing and attribution in open access:


Gold Open Access options from a selection of publishers:

These are not recommendations; other publishers have similar offerings.

Choosing where to publish: avoiding predatory publishers

Beware of predatory publishers who "lie about their business practices for the purpose of attracting paying authors".  

  • University of Utah Associate Dean Rick Anderson reviews Cabell's Blacklist,  a directory of questionable journals  (Scholarly Kitchen, May 2019).
  • Hull Professor of Nursing Roger Watson has recorded a podcast (2016) on "steps you can take to protect yourself" from predatory publishers.
  • Advice on how to spot a 'predatory' publisher can be found in this 2014 article by Miggie Pickton of the University of Northampton.

Think Check Submit

With so many publishers out there, choosing where to publish can be tricky. Think. Check. Submit. offers researchers a checklist that will help them decide if a publisher is trustworthy without having to rely on verified lists.

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