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What is self archiving?

Self-archiving involves depositing a free copy of a digital documents on the World Wide Web in order to provide open access to it. The term usually refers to the self-archiving of peer reviewed research journal and conference articles as well as theses, deposited in an institutional or discipline specific repository or open archive for the purpose of maximizing its accessibility, usage and citation impact.

How do you make your publications open access?

Self-archiving is one of two general methods for providing open access. The other is publishing in an open access journal.

What is the “green” and “gold” road to open access?

Self-archiving is the “green” road to open access and publishing in an open access journal is known as the “gold” road to open access.

How do you determine the publisher’s policy on self-archiving?

Publishers’ policies regarding self-archiving are available by searching SHERPA Romeo or OAKList database. SHERPA Romeo and OAKList are databases that include the copyright and self-archiving policies of various journal publishers.