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Durham University



DRO is this University's institutional repository. It contains records about Durham's research outputs - journal articles, conference and working papers, book chapters and reports - and a version of the full-text if copyright agreements permit.

Most publishers do not permit published versions to be made freely available. But many do allow authors to deposit their final accepted peer-reviewed manuscripts, although open access may be delayed for an embargo period (eg 6-24 months).

Although manuscripts may lack the polish of the published version, the content ought to be the same. Readers are interested in content. If they don't have subscription access to the journal in which your article is published or can't buy or borrow your book, free access to the manuscript in DRO is very welcome.

NOTE: Deposit in DRO could be the simplest way to meet the REF 2021 open access eligibility requirements. Begin the deposit process by creating a record in the Staff Profile system. See the DRO Deposit Guide for guidance. A separate Guide to requesting RCUK Open Access funding is relevant to RCUK-funded researchers.

Author-deposit of their final accepted peer-reviewed manuscripts in either an institutional or subject repository. Open access may be delayed for an embargo period (eg 6-24 months). Requires no additional payment to the publisher.

Usually requires payment of an Article Processing Charge (APC) to the publisher. Published version can then be made freely available to everyone from publisher's own website straightaway.

Many 'traditional' journals which used to be subscription-only, now offer a Gold open access option. These are known as hybrid journals where some articles are open access and some only available to subscribers. Good news: not all journals charge an APC for Gold open access. Try searching the Directory of Open Access Journals to find those which don't.

  • Create a Staff Profile record describing your output
  • Attach the final accepted peer-reviewed manuscript to the record
  • ONLY attach the published version if an Article Processing Charge (APC) has been paid for Gold open access or your copyright agreement permits its use
  • DRO Deposit Guide (PDF)
  • DRO Deposit Guide (PowerPoint) - if it opens in ‘Edit’ mode, select ‘Slide Show’ -> ‘From Beginning’ or press F5
  • REF flyer (PDF)
  • DRO flyer (PDF)
  • Staff Profile System (Login) - then select 'My profile' -> 'Edit publications' -> 'Add publication'
  • Summary of key open access policies (PDF)
  • DRO Team Email or Phone 41586