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Open Access: OA for PGRs

A guide to Open Access at the University of Huddersfield

What is Open Access?

Open Access 

Open Access (OA) refers to material that is free to all readers at the point of use.

There are two routes into Open Access - gold or green

Why should I make my research Open Access?

Open Access makes your research available to many more people than a subscription-only journal article does. There is evidence that this can lead to an increase in citations of your work.

Open Access encourages public engagement with research, which is often paid for out of public money.

Your  funding body may have a mandate which requires you to make your research available in an Open Access source.  UKRI and the other UK HE funding bodies believe that the outputs of research should be as widely accessible as possible. For this reason, a policy has been introduced for open access in relation to REF 2021.

Please note that PG Researchers are not eligible to be entered into REF2021. For academic and research staff to be eligible for submission to  REF2021, authors’ final peer-reviewed manuscripts must have been deposited in an institutional repository (at the University of Huddersfield, this is Pure).  This policy applies to research outputs accepted for publication after 1 April 2016.  Deposited material should be discoverable, and free to read and download, for anyone with an internet connection. 

Terminology of Open Access

A useful guide to Open Access Terminology is available from University of Cambridge Libraries.

Managing Your Research Profile


ORCiD provides a unique persistent digital identifier for individuals to use with their name as they engage in research, scholarship, and innovation activities. 

Plan S

Plan S is an initiative for Open Access publishing that was launched in September 2018. The plan is supported by cOAlition S, an international consortium of research funders. Plan S requires that, from 2021, scientific publications that result from research funded by public grants must be published in compliant Open Access journals or platforms.

Further reading:

Johnson, R. (2019). From coalition to commons: Plan S and the future of scholarly communication. Insights, 32(1), 5. DOI:


What is meant by the Date of Acceptance and Author Accepted Manuscript?
















The REF2021 Guidance on submissions (2019/01) provides details of the definition of the Author’s accepted manuscript - please refer to paragraph 230.

University Open Access Policy

The University Open Access policy is designed to ensure that the University of Huddersfield meets the Open Access requirements of the next Research Excellence Framework (REF2021). 

If a PG Researcher is publishing with their supervisor, or another academic member of staff at the University, one of their UoH co-authors will be responsible for ensuring OA compliance.  If a PGR is publishing as a single author that they can deposit their output within Eprints if they need to comply with OA.

Why should I publish my work as Open Access?

Choosing a journal to publish in

Researchers are advised to consult with senior colleagues in their School and follow this Guidance from University Research & Enterprise.

In addition, Library staff can suggest online resources to evaluate journal coverage and impact; please email

UKRI Licensing

The UKRI Open Access policy requires use of the following licenses when publishing on open access:

  • Gold Open Access – articles must be licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (CC-BY)
  • Green Open Access – articles should be licensed to facilitate non-commercial re-use.  The Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial license (CC-BY-NC) meets this requirement, though other licenses that facilitate the same goal can also be used.

Further information on CC licenses can be found on the Creative Commons website.


With effect from the 1 December 2017, Pure is the repository where University researchers are required to deposit their research outputs. In order to comply with the REF 2021 Open Access policy, academic and research staff must deposit your author accepted manuscript within 3 months of the date of acceptance for all Journal Articles and Conference proceedings.

Research outputs from University staff and RCUK / UKRI-funded PGRs should be added to Pure not to Eprints.

For help and advice on Pure, please email