Open access archiving

What is open access archiving?

Also known as self archiving, this involves the author making their research freely available online via a professional or personal web page, and more often these days via an institutional repository or subject repository. For full details of how this works at GCU, visit our web pages or contact the repository team for help and training. There are several types of repositories, we'll discuss them later in this unit.

Institutional repositories do not perform peer review, but institutions may have policies on what can be deposited.

The practice of self archiving relies on publishers allowing a version of a paper being mounted on a web page or within a repository. Many publishers allow their authors to archive their research papers but not all do so. For a list of publishers and their policies on archiving see the SHERPA RoMEO website.

Version control is an important issue within open access archiving. Some publishers allow pre-print archiving only; others pre-print and post-print archiving. Only a small number of publishers will often only allow authors to archive the version formatted for publication in the journal.

The term 'green road' has been coined to describe those publishers that allow authors to archive both pre-prints and post-prints, in effect giving them the "green light" to archive their own research. The SHERPA RoMEO project has assigned colour codes to group the various publishers' policies with regard to self archiving. These include blue and yellow where archiving is permitted within certain limitations and conditions, and white, where publishers do not permit self archiving at all. For more details on publishers' policies on self archiving, see the SHERPA RoMEO definitions.

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