How do I know if my journal will allow me to meet the requirements of the Open Access Policy for REF 2021?

Answered By: Open Access Team
Last Updated: Apr 09, 2018     Views: 70

Most journals from major publishers permit authors to deposit an accepted manuscript version (post-print) of their article into an institutional repository and make it open access (known as green open access).

  • Read the copyright transfer/publication agreement the journal offers you at acceptance. This should detail the journal's open access policy. Look for keywords such as "open access"; "self-archiving"; or "embargo" to help you find the relevant information about open access.
  • Check the SHERPA/RoMEO database for information about your journal. If the journal is compliant, it will have a green tick mark next to 'Author's post-print'. The SHERPA/RoMEO listing should also include information about known embargo periods or direct you to more information about the journal's policy.
  • Contact for advice. We are happy to investigate the journal's policy for you.

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