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Guide to Open Access Publishing at Ulster University
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Making your work available through UIR

The Repository FAQ page explains how to make a copy of your work open access (without the payment of any fees) via deposit in UIR.

Useful Links

  • Sherpa/REF
    Helps researchers check if the journals in which they wish to publish (or have published in) comply with the REF requirements for open access to research.
  • Sherpa/Fact
    Helps researchers check if the journals in which they wish to publish their results comply with their funder's requirements for open access.
  • Sherpa/Juliet
    Contains detailed information about research funders' open access policies
  • Sherpa/RoMEO
    Contains detailed information about publisher copyright policies & self-archiving
  • DOAJ
    Online directory that indexes and provides access to quality open access, peer-reviewed journals

What is an accepted manuscript?

The accepted manuscript (also known as the post-print) is the author's final draft, after changes from peer review have been incorporated. Also known as the Author’s Manuscript or Accepted Author Manuscript, the content is the same as the Publisher's Version (see below), but the layout will be different.

How much does it cost?

There is no charge to the author to upload a permitted version of their article into a subject or institutional repository, such as the UIR.

If you would like to publish in a journal that will make your article immediately available online, publishers may charge an Article Processing Charge (APC). The cost of this varies depending on the journal. RCUK states that the average cost of an APC is £1727.

We have in place a number of discounts with publishers and funders that may reduce the cost of your APC . Contact us at to see if we can help reduce your costs. For RCUK funded outputs, see the Funder Policies tab. For publishers, see theAPC Discounts tab.


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