Open access and copyright
The majority of publishers support the right of authors to make their own work available online.
To check whether it will be possible to add your journal paper to the repository:
- It may be helpful to read the copyright agreement you signed when you published your paper.
- If you do not have a copy of the agreement or if the agreement does not address the question of self-archiving, you may find it helpful to check the RoMEO database. RoMEO summarises the permissions that are normally givenas part of each publisher's copyright transfer agreement. RoMEO does not have information on all journal publishers but it is a good place to start.
- The publisher's own web site may give information on self-archiving permissions for authors.
- If you are unsure of the copyright position, email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance. In some cases it will be necessary to seek archiving permission directly from the publisher concerned and the repository team can provide further advice and assistance when necessary.
- We may have to embargo some work to fulfil publisher policies but deposit the work in any case - we will make it live as soon as the embargo expires and it will be good publicity for the work in the meantime.
We have produced a simple flowchart to help you make decisions about copyright.