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Guidance for Authors

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Depositing research in STORE

Staffordshire University is committed to making all research at the university publicly available and searchable. As part of the University's Open Access mandate, colleagues involved in research are required to upload their work to STORE once it has been accepted.

Benefits of Open Access include:

  • Increased exposure of research via Google, RSS feeds and other search services.
  • Increased citation.
  • Digital preservation of scholarly output.
  • Increased funding opportunities where conditions require Open Access.
  • Enhances and promotes the growing body of free quality academic research.
  • Raising the research profile of Staffordshire University and maximising impact within both the academic research community and more widely within society
  • Your work is compliant with funder requirements, publisher requirements and the REF Open Access policy
Research outputs are currently stored in the institutional repository, STORE, managed by Library and Learning Services.

Responsibilities of Staffordshire University Researchers

  • To upload relevant research outputs to STORE in a timely manner in accordance with both the University’s OA mandate and current REF OA policy
  • To ensure that the correct version of a manuscript is uploaded with the research output in accordance with the Staffordshire University OA Mandate and current REF policy (This should usually be the Author Accepted Manuscript (AAM))
  • To engage with the information offered by the University on OA matters and to attend training sessions and workshops as appropriate
  • To engage with the wider academic community with regards to the current policies on OA and REF
  • To make every effort to respond to requests for their embargoed work via the request a copy function within STORE
  • To contact the relevant teams with any queries relating to OA or REF

What do I need to deposit?

You should deposit any new research outputs (as defined in the Open Access mandate) accepted or published whilst in employment at Staffordshire University.

When do I need to deposit?

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. Or within 3 months of this date.

How do I deposit my work in STORE?

To access STORE login with your University details. For information on how to deposit see our guidance for authors and a step by step guide.

What happens next?

Once you have submitted your output, the STORE team will verify the details, licensing and compliance of your deposit and contact you with any queries before it is made public. More information is available online. If you have any queries about your deposit, please contact the STORE team by emailing or Research and Systems Librarian – Sarah Beighton

Useful information SHERPA OA compliance tools

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