How to make your publications Green Open Access

There are many ways in which you can make your work Open Access (OA). One option is to make the published version OA through the journal. But, did you know, you can also make an earlier version of your work OA in UNE’s institutional repository (RUNE)? This is called Green Open Access.


Why make your publications Green OA?

Making your publications Green OA in RUNE can help increase the citations and impact of your research. For example, you can publish in a high impact, well-known, discipline specific, but non-OA journal, while also making a free version of your publication available in RUNE.  

Providing a Green OA version of your publication may also be a pathway to compliance with funding body OA requirements. For example, the ARC states that “any Research Outputs arising from an ARC supported research Project must be made openly accessible within a twelve (12) month period from the date of publication.”[1] More information on the ARC’s policy can be found here.

‘Policy compliance decision tree’ by the Australian Open Access Strategy Group available at under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0. Full terms at

What can be made Green OA?

In most cases, the accepted version (sometimes called the post-peer review or post-print) of your manuscript can be made Green OA. This is the version that has the reviewers’ comments incorporated, but has not yet been copy-edited and typeset by the publisher. The following infographic explains your copyright rights at each stage of the publication process:

‘How to make your research open access’ by the Australian Open Access Strategy Group available at under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0. Full terms at


How can you make your publications Green OA at UNE?

 To make your publications Green OA in Research UNE:

  • Include your accepted version when you make a new submission to RUNE (
  • If you have accepted versions for publications you have already submitted to RUNE, e-mail these to and the team can add them to your existing records.


Who can I talk to about Green OA and where to from here?

To discuss Green OA and how it can benefit your research, make an appointment with your relevant librarian at UNE Library.

If you’re interested in joining the conversation about OA at UNE, consider joining our Open Access discussion group, and stay tuned for more information on UNE’s upcoming Open Access Week. Contact Eleanor Colla or Berenice Scott for more information.


[1] “ARC Open Access Policy,” Australian Research Council, last modified July 13, 2018,

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