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Open Access

This page contains information on how to determine copyright and open access policies. This information helps understand: how to use or share research, how to use Sherpa Romeo, and how to understand copyright.

Determining Copyright and OA Policies

How To Determine Journal Policies

Are you wondering if you can share your published work on your homepage? Or if your institution can archive your published work in a institutional or subject repository? There are several ways to determine a journal or publisher's copyright and open access policies:

  • Publishing agreement - Review your publishing agreement or copyright transfer agreement. Relevant information about sharing your work might be found under section headings like 'Rights Retained By You As Author' or 'Permitted Uses By Contributor'.
  • Publisher or journal website - Check the publisher's or journal's website for copyright or usage webpages. Copyright policies are usually located on pages with titles like publishing policies, author guidelines, copyright policies, or sometimes under frequently asked questions. 
  • Sherpa Romeo - Use Sherpa Romeo to determine publisher copyright and open access archiving policies. 
  • ROARMAP - Use The Registry of Open Access Repository Mandates and Policies (ROARMAP) to search their registry of open access mandates and policies adopted by universities, research institutions and research funders that require or request their researchers to provide open access to their peer-reviewed research article output by depositing it in an open access repository.

Publishers' policies may change; if you're uncertain, check the policies for the publisher/journal you're working with directly.

Understanding Copyright

For more information about copyright and for copyright questions, visit the research guide below and/or book a consultation with Dr. Paige Morgan, our Digital Publishing and Copyright Librarian.