The purpose of copyright is to regulate and create a fair balance between the creator of a work and the users’ rights. The law, therefore, combines reasonable exceptions with limitations that serve the public interest. One example of this is the possibility to copy a journal article for private use without consent from the author.
If the author assigns his/her rights to a publisher the author can no longer make decisions concerning use without consulting the publisher. The publisher may limit restrictions of use through license agreements.
Jag ber att få tillgängliggöra en kopia av (bidragets namn), publicerad i (publikationens namn ). Kopian kommer att bli fritt tillgänglig i Lunds Universitets Publikationer (http://www.lu.se/forskning/avhandlingar-och-publikationer ), Lunds Universitets institutionella arkiv.
I am writing to ask for permission to self-archive a copy of my article (publication title …), published in (publication name, volume, issue, pages). The copy will be made freely available through Lund University Publications (http://www.lu.se/lund-university/research/publications-and-dissertations ), the institutional repository at Lund University.
Publishing in journals:
If you have the possibility to choose between equal journals when submitting your manuscript you should find out about their policies towards open access and self-archiving before submitting your manuscript. Choose a journal that allows self-archiving as first choice. SHERPA/RoMEO is a searchable database which collects information about different publishers’ policies on self-archiving.
If you publish a book, dissertation or contribute with a book chapter to an anthology you can ask for permission to self-archive your publication, maybe a certain time after the original publication (e.g. 1 year, 2 years…). Ellerströms and Gidlunds are examples of two Swedish publishers that have allowed self-archiving of dissertations in LUP without embargo. Still, when it comes to books, book chapters and dissertations (monographs) and the possibility to self-archive, you need to make a request for every separate publication.
Last updated: March 19, 2013
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