Open Access Repository

All members of staff and postgraduate students should place their research outputs in USIR. It’s easy to use and USIR staff can help you with any questions you may have about the deposit process and the copyright of your research.

Benefits for you:

  • Greater exposure of your work, leading to more downloads and increased citations
  • Compliance with funding body Open Access policies
  • Permanent links to all of your research output

Benefits for the University:

  • A showcase for the research output of the University
  • Potential to increase research collaboration both internally and externally

Wider Benefits:

  • Contributing to the Open Access agenda by providing unrestricted access to your work
  • Increased access to publicity funded material

Electronic versions, of the following types of research material can be deposited in USIR:

  • Journal articles, communications and short papers
  • Research theses for PhD, MPhil, MSc by research, MRes, DProf, DLit, DMA, DSc, LLM
  • Conference and workshop items
  • Books and book sections
  • Datasets
  • Research focused multimedia, audio-visual materials and still images
  • Research focused official University documents that require global Accessibility and indexing
  • Technical reports, commissioned reports, and other un-refereed research output
  • Newsletters of significant research groups
  • Other material produced by academic/research staff and approved by Research Centre Director or Head of Department

Research material can be submitted to USIR via the following two options:

a. Self Deposit: Material can be uploaded to USIR using the Make a Deposit section of USIR. Once you’ve completed as much information as you can the form is sent to the USIR team who carry out copyright and quality control checks and make your publication live in USIR. This option is aimed at new and current publications and research output, where authors will benefit from the increased visibility and dissemination of their work via USIR. Please see the Depositing Research Material User Guide for further information; should you require any assistance please contact the USIR team

b. USIR Deposit Service: The USIR team uploads research to USIR on your behalf. This service is aimed at uploading backlists of University of Salford publications to USIR. Authors choosing to submit backlists of their publications to USIR are asked to provide a bibliographical listing (including citation, authors, year) of their papers together with the full text documents. Publications on this list will then be checked for publisher permission and copyright. For further information on this service please contact the USIR team.

Further advice

Please consult our user guides for further guidance on how to deposit your work in USIR:

It is important to deposit the version that complies with publisher copyright policies; upload the most recent version you have and the USIR team will check the copyright and version for you.

The Deposit Agreement is designed to give USIR administrators permission to store, copy and manipulate material in order to ensure that it can be preserved and made available in the future and to confirm that the depositor has the right to submit the material to USIR. The Agreement is non-exclusive, and the depositor does not give away any of their rights to USIR.

Contact the USIR team if you would like any further guidance on any aspect of depositing.


The RCUK have announced a new Open Access policy, which will apply to all publications being submitted for publication from 1 April 2013, it states that peer reviewed research papers which result from research that is wholly or partially funded by the Research Councils:

  • must be published in journals which are compliant with Research Council policy on Open Access, and;
  • must include details of the funding that supported the research, and a statement on how the underlying research materials such as data, samples or models can be accessed

The policies are a condition of grant, and it is important that you are fully informed about the policy of your Research Funder before submitting manuscripts to any publishers.

The new policy applies to all RCUK Funding Councils:

  • Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
  • Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
  • European Commission : EU FP7 / European Research Council (ERC)
  • Medical Research Council (MRC)
  • Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
  • Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

RCUK have produced a list of frequently asked questions.

To apply for funding to make your work Open Access please complete the Online Form.

Funding is also now available for peer reviewed research not funded by the RCUK.

For more information on how to comply with the new policies please contact the USIR team at or extension 56370.

If you wish pay an Article Processing Charge (APC) to make your article or conference paper available Open Access you should indicate this to your publisher at the earliest opportunity.

Funding is available to make all peer reviewed journals and published conference proceedings publications Open Access. Use the APC application form if you wish to apply to the Open Access fund to pay an Article Processing Charge (APC).

Please note that page and colour plate and other publication charges are not covered by this fund.

For further advice about claiming Open Access fees please contact:

Where your research has been funded by the RCUK apply to the Open Access fund to cover open access article processing charges (APCs) for any peer reviewed journal or conference paper.

The RCUK Decision tree illustrates how you can make your work Open Access.

RCUK recognises a journal as being compliant with this policy if:

The journal provides immediate and unrestricted access to the final published version of the paper, which should be made available using the CC BY licence and allows immediate deposit of the final published version in other repositories without restriction on re-use. This method, sometimes referred to as 'Gold Open Access' will usually involve the payment of an ‘Article Processing Charge’ (APC) to the publisher.


The journal allows you to deposit the final Accepted Manuscript in an Open Access repository such as USIR, without restriction on non-commercial re-use and within a defined period. No APC will be payable to the publisher under this Green Open Access route.

In this latter case, in STEM disciplines, RCUK will accept a delay of no more than six months between on-line publication and the final Accepted Manuscript becoming Open Access. In the case of papers in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, the maximum embargo period will be twelve months. Where funding for APCs is unavailable to an author during the transition period, longer embargo periods will be allowable.

A list of compliant journals can be found from the SHERPA/FACT website or seek advice from the USIR team.