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Open Access: OA @ Hull

University of Hull OA Policy

The University of Hull Open Access Policy can be found at  This came into force on 1st April 2015 and was updated in April 2017.  In summary:

- All journal articles or conference papers with an ISSN (International Standard Serial Number) should be made open access by following the flowchart below

- All other research outputs should be made open access via the repository where feasible

Enquiries regarding the Open Access Policy should be directed to

Submission of research outputs should be deposited via Worktribe. Enter the details requested and upload the Author's final accepted version of your article. If you are unsure what constitutes the Author's final version of the article please check the FAQs in this guide.


OA Flowchart

Green or Gold?

The HEFCE policy for the next REF dictates that all university research outputs published in journals or conference papers with an ISSN need to be open access. There is no preference between Gold or Green as long as you use one of them. The local University policy ensures compliance with the HEFCE policy. In effect it is a default Green Open Access policy because all university research outputs published in journals or conference papers with an ISSN must be deposited in Worktribe. It is advisable that you make yourself aware of the embargo period attached to the particular journal you want to publish in as soon as possible. If you wish, in addition you can pay an Article Processing Charge (APC) and publish via the Gold Open Access route.

If you are unsure whether to publish via the Gold Open Access route, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Am I the lead researcher? If not, contact the lead researcher and have a conversation about the following questions.
  • Which journal do I want to publish in? Check the SHERPA/RoMEO database for embargo periods. If you choose a journal that does not comply with REF, can you find an alternative that does?
  • What are its gold options? Look at the website for information, but also start a conversation with your publisher.
  • Is there any money available for Gold OA?
    • Am I an RCUK funded researcher? If so, the library manages a limited RCUK fund to support Gold OA publishing for RCUK funded research at the university - Form available under Library Services on the University Portal.
    • Is there any Faculty/Department/School funding for Gold OA? Contact Faculty/Department/School research leads for more information.
    • Do I want to make use of the OA pilot funding held by the Library? (£2,500 has been deposited with PeerJ journal and Sage publishers to pilot OA publishing via these routes - Form available under Library Services on the University Portal)
  • If there is a Gold option for the journal and there is funding, do I want to make use of this? Because it will have the advantage of being Open Access straightaway and having greater impact.

Whichever route you choose, please see the flowchart above.


Publisher offset deals

The University of Hull has agreements with publishers to offset the payment of APCs. If you are looking to publish with the publishers below, you may be able to take advantage of these agreements to make your article gold open access. Follow the links to find more information.

Choosing where to publish: avoiding predatory publishers

Roger Watson talks about predatory publishers and hi-jacked journal websites.

Roger's website

Sherpa services - check journal and funder OA policies

SHERPA, which partners with JISC, provides services for checking the OA policies of publishers and journals and how these comply with funders. They also maintain OpenDOAR.

Further reading

Choosing a publisher can be tricky, especially if the journal is one you've not heard of before. Information on how to spot a 'predatory' publisher can be found in this article by Miggie Pickton of the University of Northampton.

Think Check Submit

With so many publishers out there, choosing where to publish can be tricky. Think. Check. Submit. offers researchers a checklist that will help them decide if a publisher is trustworthy without having to rely on verified lists.

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