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Research Publishing: STORE & Open Access at Staffordshire University

A guide for Staffordshire University Researchers

Publishing to STORE

STORE is the Staffordshire University Online Research Repository for your research outputs. To access our repository STORE go to

What to deposit?
You should deposit any piece of research that you find important enough for you to include in the REF 2021 submission, or that you would like to make discoverable.

How to deposit?
We encourage research staff to self deposit within STORE, although we do offer a service where we can assist you with adding your research to the repository. 

To be compliant with REF 2021 it is the author's responsibility to deposit their Author Accepted Manuscript (AAM) in STORE as soon as the publisher notifies the author that the article has been accepted for publication.

Once you have submitted your output, the Library team will verify the details of your deposit and contact you with any queries before it is made public.

If you have any queries about your deposit please contact the Library via email at:

REF 2021
For more in depth information regarding researcher responsibilities for REF 2021 please refer to the page
What is REF 2021?

Staffordshire University Open Access Publishing and Open Data Mandate

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. 

Gold OA if you are considering publishing via the Gold Open Access route, please contact your UOA lead for advice.

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 Integrity: