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Open Access: OA @ Hull

What is Open Access?

"Open access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions
(Peter Suber, Director of the Harvard Office of Scholarly Communication, 2004
Open access is about making the products of research freely accessible to all. It allows research to be disseminated quickly and widely, the research process to operate more efficiently, and increased use and understanding of research by business, government, charities and the wider public.

The two most commonly-used mechanisms for achieving open access are often called the ‘gold’ and ‘green’ routes:

  • Gold – publishing your output on a platform which provides immediate e-access for everyone, free of charge. Publishers can recoup their costs through a number of mechanisms, including through payments from authors (known as article processing charges, or APCs), or through advertising, donations or other subsidies. Some publishers operate a 'hybrid' model, with open and paywalled articles on the same platform.
  • Green – providing open access to the author's final manuscript or published output in a searchable archive, commonly known as a repository, maintained by the author's institution or a scholarly society/professional body.  The publisher may impose an embargo on open access to the file, normally in a range of 6 to 24 months.


Please direct all enquiries to

University of Hull OA Policy

The University of Hull Open Access Policy can be found in the University's Hydra repository.  This came into force on 1st April 2015 and was updated in April 2019.  

The Policy gives authors the responsibility for depositing their research outputs in Worktribe, where the University takes responsibility for making these discoverable with green open access in compliance with publisher terms.

Enquiries regarding the Open Access Policy should be directed to

University of Hull authors can access Worktribe via the big red button below (if you are off-campus, you may need to log in with your University username and password). Information on Worktribe, including training and guides to using the different modules can be found in SharePoint.




Research Data Management

Do you have data to support your publication?  Should it be open access?

Why Open Access?

Open Access to your research publications can bring many benefits.

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