Green Open Access

You are encouraged by the University  to self-archive your work in the University of Birmingham Research Archive (UBIRA).

This is the 'green' route to open access and is free for authors.

To go 'green':

  1. Check your publishers’ policy regarding 'green' open access self-archiving, by checking Sherpa Romeo.
  2. Deposit the accepted version of your publication (PDF format), into UBIRA using Pure.
    • The accepted version is also known as the authors final manuscript, or post print.
    • It is the version after peer review and before final publisher formatting or copy-editing.
    • This version may need to have an embargo added when deposited (depending on the publisher policy). You can find a full list of publishers that permit self-archiving on Sherpa Romeo.
  3. Ensure your publication is linked to the grant using the ‘Projects’ link in Pure.

You may not be able to self-archive if:

  • You are publishing in a fully open access journal, (e.g. PLOS One), and are not able to have the work accepted for publication without paying an Article Processing Charge (APC).
  • Your chosen publisher policy does not permit self-archiving.
  • Your funders open access policy is not compatible with your chosen publishers’ embargo period. In these cases, you may need to go down the 'gold' open access route instead.


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