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Why Open Access?

Open Access to your research publications can bring many benefits.

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.


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

Meeting REF criteria for Open Access

Provide Open Access to your journal articles by depositing them in Worktribe

Worktribe is not only a Research Information System for the University, but also a window into the University's research output via Repository@Hull.   Information on using the system for outputs can be found on the Worktribe Sharepoint site. Training can be arranged by contacting

All journal articles and conference papers published in a series with an ISSN need to be deposited in Worktribe within 3 months of acceptance by a publisher, in order to meet REF2021 criteria:

If you have not retained the right to deposit the published version of your article, you should deposit the 'author's final manuscript': the version accepted by your publisher, prior to any formatting or copyediting that is applied during the proofing process. 

To access your Worktribe profile, click on the big red button below (if you are off-campus, you may need to log in with your University username and password).





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.

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

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