Trouble understanding publisher copyright policies for self-archiving? RoMEO service is here.

SherpaRomeoAuthors are increasingly encouraged to deposit their published articles in open access repositories. This can be institutional sites, personal or laboratory homepages or social websites. The one that do, often find the process a bit tedious but rewarding.

However, a majority of journals are not open access and limit the diffusion of the article in its published format. Every publisher have slightly different policies, some allowing only pre-prints (ie pre-refereeing), post-prints (ie final draft post-refereeing), or event full formatted text in certain case. In any case, the variety of policies can be discouraging.

Luckily, RoMEO, a service based  at the University of Nottingham, gathers the copyright and self-archiving policies of an impressive list of over 2200 journals.  Simply enter the name of the journal and the tool will display the journal’s policy concerning pre-print, post-prints and the publisher’s version, while detailing any restrictions that apply. To make it easier, RoMEO also assigns a color for each journal that corresponds to the degree of openness of the policies.

  • Green  – can archive pre-print and post-print or publisher’s version/PDF
  • Blue – can archive post-print or publisher’s version/PDF
  • Yellow – can archive pre-print
  • White – archiving not formally supported