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Publisher Copyright Policies & Self-archiving: SHERPA/RoMEO

Authors who have heard about open access are able to find journal publisher copyright policies using the SHERPA/RoMEO database

 any international partners contribute to the RoMEO database, which allows users to enter the name of a journal or publisher and retrieve the policies regarding what rights remain with the authors and what rights are expected to be signed over to the publisher. This gives authors the opportunity to compare journal and publisher policies in one place and make informed decisions regarding their article manuscript submissions. The sight includes a list of all journals and a list of all publishers included in the database.

 RoMEO colors” categorize the policies, and searching can include publishers of specific categories.  Below is a simple chart explaining the colors.


RoMEO Colour

Archiving policy


Can archive pre-print and post-print or publisher's version/PDF


Can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing) or publisher's version/PDF


Can archive pre-print (ie pre-refereeing)


Archiving not formally supported


The site also allows authors to look at policies of research funders to see if they require open access to research results and resulting publications.

 This is a rich site of information regarding copyright in the world of scholarly communication and a very valuable tool to help authors determine where to submit manuscripts.


 Blog post created by Lorre Smith