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Research Publishing

Uploading to STORE

To access our repository STORE go to 

New: The library now offers a service to upload your research to STORE

Request to deposit research into STORE - PDF form

Just add the details of your research into this PDF form (just copy and paste in the citation) and then send it to the following email address:  

Please remember to attach the Deposit Request and a copy of your Author's Accepted Manuscript (the copy after it has been peer reviewed but not the publisher's copy) thanks.

Other ways to add your research to STORE

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The library will check all the copyright permissions for the Author’s Accepted Manuscript and will apply an embargo accordingly, if required.

If there are any queries about the version uploaded or no files have been uploaded, the STORE team will contact you to discuss what is required for the next REF assessment and, if necessary, help to confirm the details with the publisher on your behalf.

Please contact with any queries.

Staffordshire University Open Access and Open Data Mandate

Staffordshire University now has an Open Access Mandate – this requires staff to make their published, peer-reviewed journal articles and conference papers open access, by self-archiving their final, peer-reviewed drafts in the institutional repository - STORE (Staffordshire Online Repository Environment).

For more information go to Research Ethics:

Open Access publishing

Staffordshire University recommends green open access

Green open access:

  • Allows authors to enjoy the advantages of both traditional journal publishing and open access
  • Allows authors to publish without having to rely on access to funding for article processing charges (APCs)
  • Is effective
  • Is sustainable

Green OA involves making a version of the research paper available through a repository as an OA paper and publishing in a journal with no direct cost to the researcher; however the publisher is allowed to embargo the final version of the article to enable the publisher to recover costs through journal subscriptions. 

Staffordshire University recommends that authors deposit the author-final copy (Post print) of their work in STORE (the University Open Access research repository) whenever possible.  In order to see if and how a journal or publisher supports green open access, you can use JISC SHERPA tools listed below.

SHERPA tools to find Open Access permissions

Tools to help determine permissions: SHERPA OA compliance tools

SHERPA is maintained by JISC and provides the first level of support for researchers and librarians trying to determine Open Access permissions - either with a view to hosting the article or for finding funding from Research bodies.


SHERPA RoMEO enables researchers and librarians to see publishers’ conditions for open access archiving on a journal-by-journal basis.

SHERPA RoMEO is an online resource that aggregates and analyses publisher open access policies from around the world and provides summaries of self-archiving permissions and conditions of rights given to authors on a journal-by-journal basis.


SHERPA Juliet enables researchers and librarians to see funders’ conditions for open access publication.

SHERPA Juliet is a searchable database and single focal point of up-to-date information concerning funders’ policies and their requirements on open access, publication and data archiving.


SHERPA FACT checks if compliance with funder open access policies can be achieved with a particular journal.

SHERPA FACT is an online resource that combines and interprets data from SHERPA RoMEO, SHERPA Juliet and other sources to provide clear guidance to researchers on whether a journal they wish to publish in complies with Research Councils UK (RCUK)Wellcome Trust and Charity Open Access Fund (COAF) open access policies, and offers advice on available options.

If Sherpa does not answer your copyright question please contact the Library Repository team at 

Some OA terms and definitions

Article Processing Charge (APC):  an APC is a fee paid to the publisher to make an article free at point of access.  The cost of publication is moved from the reader via subscriptions to the author via the APC.

Creative Commons:  Creative Commons is a nonprofit organisation that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools. The preferred licence for research funders is the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence.

Attribution CC-BY: you can share, copy, distribute, transmit, remix a work for commercial purposes as long as you attribute the work

Attribution CC-BY-NC: you can share, copy, distribute, transmit, remix a work for non-commercial purposes as long as you attribute the work.

Embargo period: a length of time that publishers can make authors wait before they are allowed to make their material open access. The length of embargo periods varies, embargoes of between 6 months and 24 months are common. Once any embargo period has elapsed, deposited material should be discoverable, and free to read and download. See SHERPA/RoMEO for publishers copyright and self archiving policies.

Finch Report: a working group was established and led by Janet Finch. The remit of the group was to develop a sustainable model for expanding access to the published research and its results in 2012. The report is widely known as the Finch Report.

Gold open access: involves paying the publisher through research funds allocated by a University or research institution. The payment, known as an Article Processing Charge (APC) covers overheads such as peer review and marketing.  The benefit is immediate publication in an OA journal.  To achieve OA compliance most funders require the use of the Creative Commons Attribution Licence (CC-BY).

Hybrid Journal: this refers to a journal where only some of the articles are open access.