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Open Access: Green OA

How can I be Green?

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  • Authors do not have to pay any charges for 'green' open access.

  • Deposit your output in a repository which is open and searchable, with a licence which permits readers to save their own copy.

  • Check the terms of your Agreement to Publish: can you deposit the published version, or your accepted manuscript?  (sometimes called a 'post-print' or 'uncorrected proof'). Contact your publisher if you're unsure, or refer to SHERPA RoMEO, an authoritative database of journal policies maintained by Jisc.

  • Your publisher may require an embargo on the repository copy for a few months after publication.

  • Some scholarly disciplines have created their own repositories, and many scholarly institutions also maintain a repository for their own researchers' outputs:  see the adjacent column.

  • Sharing your output via a scholarly network such as ResearchGate, or LinkedIn does not count as 'green' open access for REF or funder compliance, because these platforms don't commit to preserve the outputs or provide a stable location. Their terms of service normally hold the author liable for any breach of publisher terms.

  • How Can I Share It? has been launched by STM, a global trade association representing academic and professional publishers, to help researchers decode publisher terms and identify appropriate sharing platforms.  Find the rules that apply to your own papers (or other people's) using the Can I Share It look-up tool.

Green @ Hull

University of Hull authors can achieve Green open access by depositing their manuscript in Worktribe (for REF2021 purposes, this should be within 3 months of acceptance).

Once validated, the record will be discoverable in the University Repository and on the author's University profile, and prominent in Google Scholar search results. The Library can provide data about downloads from the Repository on request.


Library staff check all new records in Worktribe, to ensure that the version of the article deposited can be made open in line with publisher terms, and to set any embargo required.
Worktribe can hold many different types of research output, including supplementary material and datasets. Please contact with any questions.
More information about options at Hull for preserving and sharing research data:

Other Green options

University of Hull Digital Repository: Hydra
Hydra can handle all types of digital content, such as theses, datasets, multimedia, archival material and University records (including exam papers).  It is not connected to Worktribe and is no longer used for journal articles or other published works.
Some of the most well-established subject repositories:
Biomedicine – Europe PubMedCentral
Physics and related disciplines – arXiv
Economics – RePEc
International directory of open access repositories:
Several finding tools have been built to help readers search for open access publications: see the guide to OA Discovery.

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