Where can you publish your article in open access?

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16/05/18

You always need to check the editorial policy of the journal to know which versions of the article you can or can’t use.

When authors sign a contract with a publishing house, exploitation rights (reproduction and distribution) over the work are often assigned on an exclusive basis, which means that, without the permission of the publisher, the authors cannot disseminate the work through any other channel. Having an article in open access doesn't mean you're free to publish it through whatever site, blog or repository you like. You always need to check the editorial policy of the journal to know which versions of the article you can or can’t use.

Nowadays approximately 90% of editorial policies allow publication of at least the preprint version, in keeping with the spirit of open science.

  • Preprint version: paper sent to the journal for them to review prior to the peer review process.
  • Postprint version: version accepted by the journal after the peer review process and the revisions.
  • Published version: the final version published in the journal (offline or online).

To find out about the editorial policy of the journal in which you are publishing your article, the Library checks Sherpa/Romeo.

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