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Self-archiving

The green road to open access
Self-archiving is a way of making publications that are published or accepted for publication freely available, and means that a full text version of the publication is uploaded to an institutional repository, a research database such as LUCRIS or another open archive.

You have the right to self-archive all publications to which you own the copyright as well as publications that have been approved for self-archiving by the publishers through an agreement or policy. Many international journal publishers have general policies on self-archiving. They are compiled in the SHERPA/RoMEO service, which provides a possibility to search for the names of publishers or journals.

Why self-archiving?

  • Accessibility increases; more people can find your research results.
  • Increased accessibility means that more researchers can build on your results, sooner.
  • Research development can be sped up.
  • Increased accessibility to research can also lead to a reduction in unnecessary repetition of research.
  • Increased accessibility leads to more and quicker citations (see the link in the right hand column).
  • Increasingly, research funders are starting to require that publications be made freely available, often through self-archiving.

If you have any questions regarding self-archiving, or if you would like to make your publications freely accessible, please do not hesitate to contact your subject library or publicera [at] lub [dot] lu [dot] se. If you or your department require assistance in finding out which of your publication channels allow self-archiving, as well as the terms and conditions that apply, we can help you by compiling a list based on your registered publications in LUCRIS.

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