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Subject LibGuides

Open Access: Green OA

How can I be Green?

Open green fields

  • 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. The University of Hull institutional repository is powered by Worktribe (see below).

  • Your Agreement to Publish will outline the terms under which you can make your output open in the repository: either the published version, or your accepted manuscript  (sometimes called a 'post-print' or 'uncorrected proof').  For an authoritative catalogue of publisher policies,  see the SHERPA RoMEO database maintained by Jisc.

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

  • Certain scholarly bodies have created their own discipline-specific repositories which can be populated in the same way:  see below.

  • 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 accepted manuscript in Worktribe (for REF2021 purposes, this should be within 3 months of acceptance).

The file is made open in the University Repository and the University Research Directory as soon as permitted.  The Library can provide data about downloads from the Repository on request.


Library staff validate all new records in Worktribe, to ensure that the version of the article deposited can be made open in line with funder and/or 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 University of Hull researchers' options 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, maintained in the UK by Jisc:
Several finding tools have been built to help readers search for open access publications: see the guide to OA Discovery.


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