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.

Read more on copyright rules

Read more on self-archiving in LUCRIS

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 the Publicera group at the University Library.  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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