Day 18 – SHERPA/RoMEO (Publishing)

By now, we hope that you are getting excited about open access and all the tools that can support it in your workflow.  sr2 Today’s tool, SHERPA/RoMEO, is one great tool to be explored.

RoMEO is a searchable database of publisher’s copyright & self-archiving policies.  Each entry for the 22,000 peer-reviewed journals provides a summary of the publisher’s policy, including what version of an article can be deposited, where it can be deposited, and any conditions that are attached to that deposit.  This helps academic authors (you!) determine which journals allow you to post and showcase your work and which journals prevent you from using your own articles in this way.  RoMEO employs a simple romeo colorscolor system to illustrate the publisher’s policy from “can archive pre-print and post-print or publisher’s version/PDF” (green) to “archiving not formally supported” (white).   You can search the database by journal, publisher, or by color to easily see which journals are the best match for your work.

In addition to publisher policies, SHERPA provides information on research funders’ open access policies in SHERPA/JULIET.    This database allows you to see a funders’ open access publishing, archiving, and data policies all in one place.   Very handy when thinking about compliance.
On day 20 we will be highlighting a green SHERPA/RoMEO journal… check back to see which one makes our list!

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