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Open Access publication

Submit your journal articles to Worktribe

Use Worktribe for the management of research outputs, complementing and adding to the use of this system for earlier parts of the research lifecycle.  Information on using the system for outputs can be found on the Worktribe Sharepoint site, which also lists details of training sessions, starting Wednesday, 22nd November 2017.

To be REF compliant, researchers at the University of Hull need to submit all university research outputs published in journals or conference papers with an ISSN for deposit in Worktribe within 3 months of acceptance by a publisher. To check the terms of the policy and how to submit, go to the OA@Hull tab.

When doing so, please fill out as much of the form as you can in the format indicated. It is also important that you upload the Author's final version of the article as the deposit will not be compliant with the HEFCE REF policy unless you do so. The Author's final version of the article is the version that you or your co-author submitted to the publisher and received a reply to say the article was accepted for publication. This version will not feature the journal formatting or copyediting that is applied during the proofing process. If authors from other institutions have contributed to your article, you will not be able to find a linked author for them so it is okay to leave that field blank.

The public interface for the research repository can be viewed at

Contact Details

Please direct all enquiries to

Key contacts:  Chris Awre, Kirstyn Radford, Stuart Bentley

Research Data Management

Do you have data behind your publication?

OA Monograph Publishing

The OAPEN-UK project has developed a guide to open access monograph publishing for arts, humanities and social science researchers. The guide aims to help researchers to understand the opportunities and challenges of publishing a scholarly monograph in open access.


Check your REF compliance

To check which papers you have in Worktribe, go to (if you are off-campus, you may need to sign in with your University details).





What is Open Access

"Open access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions”
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.

There are two complementary mechanisms for achieving open access to research. The first mechanism is for authors to publish in open-access journals that do not receive income through reader subscriptions. The second is for authors to deposit their refereed journal article in an open electronic archive. These two mechanisms are often called the ‘gold’ and ‘green’ routes to open access: 

  • Gold – This means publishing in a way that allows immediate access to everyone electronically and free of charge. Publishers can recoup their costs through a number of mechanisms, including through payments from authors called article processing charges (APCs), or through advertising, donations or other subsidies.
  • Green – This means depositing the final peer-reviewed research output in an electronic archive called a repository. Repositories can be run by the researcher’s institution, but shared or subject repositories are also commonly used. Access to the research output can be granted either immediately or after an agreed embargo period.

Why Open Access?

  • Improved visibility of research   –   Particularly to those unable to access all the journal or book literature
  • Greater impact through wider awareness   –   Difference demonstrated through a range of studies
  • Saves money   –   Moves away from increasing journal subscription costs
  • Easier to facilitate and manage use and re-use of outputs   –   Use of Creative Commons licensing
  • Demonstrate greater value of publicly-funded research   –   Government(s) focused on this

Open Access Models


MIAO - My Individual Assessment of Open Access. (Pilot version)


MIAO is self-assessment tool for researchers to assess how prepared they think they , and their institution, are for Open Access (OA) compliance. This is based on CIAO - Collaborative Institutional Assessment of Open Access - a benchmarking tool for assessing institutional readiness for Open Access (OA) compliance. This tool has been produced as part of the JISC OA Pathfinder: Making Sense: a researcher-centred approach to funder mandates. Two versions are provided here: one for printing and a web version . The project runs from June 2014 – June 2016 and will explore researcher behaviours using sensemaking techniques, trying to get researchers to comply with UK research open access mandates because they want to rather than having to. The lead institution is Oxford Brookes University, associates are Nottingham Trent University and University of Portsmouth. 31 July 2015 An editable version has now been added which means that you can tailor this tool to suit your own institutional needs

OA Lifecycle

This version of the OA life cycle looks at interactions for researchers. The four wheels used are University/library systems, publisher services that directly impact upon the work of researchers, Jisc OA services and the 6 sections of OAWAL showing where we think that fits with the life cycle

CC License