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Open Access & Institutional Repository: Routes to Open Access

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Open Access options: Green and Gold

You can make your work Open Access without paying a charge. The University of Southampton supports self-archiving, also known as repository (or green) open access. If you have funding, please check the Open access policies of your funder/s

You publish in a subscription journal and self-archive a copy of your article in Pure. The Pure record feeds your University publications page and ePrints Soton, our institutional repository.  You may find that your publisher will allow you to upload your Accepted Manuscript (the version incorporating changes from peer review but without the final publisher layout) but not the final published article (known as the Version of Record). They may also require an embargo meaning that your article is not immediately open access.


Your article is made open access on the journal website as soon as it is published. The publisher may charge an Article Processing Charge (APC) which can cost up to £4000. Gold open access is encouraged by some funders.

Make my work Open Access

Gold (Publisher) Open Access  Green (Repository) Open Access
My funder requires Publisher (Gold) Open Access or I have funds to pay an Open Access fee (Article Processing Charge, APC) My funder does not require Publisher (Gold) Open Access, or I have no funds to make my work Open Access
Check that your chosen journal allows the Creative Commons licence required by your funder Check that your chosen journal allows repository Open Access (also called self-archiving or Green Open Access)
Check if we have any institutional discounts for your publisher Upload your Accepted Manuscript to Pure on acceptance; your article will be openly available from our institutional repository (after an embargo period if this is required by the publisher)
Upload your Accepted Manuscript to Pure on acceptance to meet REF policy.  Researchers can find the repository version of your article via Google Scholar or tools including Unpaywall


Contact Us

For help or advice with any Open Access or ePrints Soton query:


Transformative Agreements: no cost to the author

Our transformative agreements and open access memberships provide open access at no cost to the author. 

Transformative agreements & memberships

  • Transformative agreements (TAs) are a way for publishers to transition their subscription journals to full open access. The costs of open access are part of an overall University of Southampton payment covering both subscriptions and open access publishing. The open access charges are part of the agreement: there is no additional open access cost when a paper is published.
  • Open access memberships and deals cover publishing costs in fully open access journals.

Please note that we do not have a central institutional fund for open access payments that fall outside of these deals; the University of Southampton supports open access via self-archiving your Accepted Manuscript in Pure.

In addition to these deals, we have discounts with the following publishers:

UKRI, Wellcome Trust and Cancer Research UK funded corresponding authors are eligible for a 10% discount: please apply using our APC Application Form and we will cover the cost of the open access charge from the respective block grant.

We are no longer able to facilitate payments from self-funders via this agreement because approvals are binding and we are unable to ensure self-funders have sufficient funds to cover the costs

This is a Jisc agreement covering articles accepted after 10/11/20. End date: November 2022.

Authors associated with the University of Southampton receive 10% discount on APCs if they do not have a discount from another source.

University of Southampton corresponding authors are eligible for a 20% discount on the open access cost (APC) for SAGE fully open access journals.

Our Transformative Agreements page lists details of open access at no cost to the author in SAGE hybrid journals (those with a mix of subscription and open access content).

Applies to articles accepted for publication by 31/12/2022.

Please contact with any open access enquiries.


UKRI and many other funders expect all articles published as Open Access in journals to have a CC BY licence.

If you are uploading an article into a subject or institutional repository, you need to have the equivalent of a CC BY-NC licence.

Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools.