Wolverhampton Intellectual Repository and E-theses (WIRE)
Guide to submitting content

Why should I submit to WIRE?

Research has shown that work published in Open Access institutional repositories can gain more citations than research published in journals that limit access through paid for subscriptions. That means increased exposure to your work and all the benefits that come with it. Increasingly, more research funding bodies are insisting that work carried out under their grants must also be deposited within an institutional or subject specific repository.

What should I submit?

You should submit any of your research output that is relevant to your subject and is in the public domain. This could include published articles, books or book chapters, technical reports, conference papers, images, multi-media files and theses.

How should I submit it?

There are two ways to get your research into WIRE. Repository staff can deposit the work on your behalf, or you can undertake the process yourself. This latter method is known as self-archiving. Note that only members of the University of Wolverhampton are able to submit content to WIRE.

If you would like repository staff to archive material on your behalf, please e-mail your work to the WIRE team. It will help to speed up the process if you also complete the key metadata form and send this with your work. The submission will then be completed for you.

Alternatively, you can deposit your work using the self-archiving process detailed below.

We recommend that you first read the deposition licence and WIRE policies document.

To self-archive an item:

You first need to ask the WIRE team to give you permission to submit to a particular collection or collections. Then, using the submit links from the navigation bar or from the collection homepage follow the steps: add descriptive metadata, upload the file, check the submission and agree to the distribution licence.

There is an additional option to automatically populate some of the metadata using a PubMed ID or a DOI.

You should add as much metadata as possible, the more you add, the greater the chances of someone finding your work.

Publisher copyright policies for archiving full text are listed on the Romeo database. In accordance with our Open Access policy, WIRE aims to include full text whenever possible but, where publisher copyright restrictions prevent this, a metadata only record will be created. NB: Many publishers prohibit deposition of the published pdf file, but you may be allowed to deposit your final draft or ‘post-print’ (ie, the version accepted for publication, following peer review and including any resultant revision, but prior to copy-editing by the publisher).

Collections have a review workflow where an editor will check your submission before it enters the archive. The item will be assigned a unique identifier (Handle) and be available to view immediately it enters the archive.


When you register with WIRE a My WIRE personal page will be generated for you. From here you can: Finally, we welcome questions about WIRE and Open Access. Please do not hesitate to contact us: wire@wlv.ac.uk.