When a scientific paper is published in a journal, the publisher often retains exclusive rights to the article. Many publishers still accept self-archiving of post-print and/or pre-print. Few publishers allow self-archiving of a published PDF version of an article.
Use the service Sherpa/Romeo to find a summary of permissions that are normally given as part of a publisher's copyright transfer agreement. Search ‘journal’, ‘publisher’ or ‘ISSN’. Sherpa/Romeo uses different colours to highlight a publisher's archiving policies: green - blue - yellow - white (what the colours mean).
International publishers seldom allow authors to self-archive a published PDF version of an article. Pre-print and post-print can be self-archived, but an embargo for 6-24 months may apply before the article can be made available in a repository like DUO.
Retain the right to self-archive
When a publishing contract is signed, the author should ensure that he/she retains the right to self-archive the article. In their standard terms, many publishers already give an author the right to self-archive. If the publisher's contract does not give you the right to make your own archival copy, you can use the following text:
In addition to any rights under copyright retained by Author in the Publication Agreement, Author retains:
The right to self-archive a copy of the work in DUO, the institutional repository at the University of Oslo, through which the copy will be available electronically. The work means last submitted version after peer-review. The work is made available in the repository without embargo.
Before you self-archive an article, secure the permission of any co-authors.
UiO employees may self-archive their scholarly electronic documents via Cristin with an automatic transfer to DUO. This can be done at any time.
To register an article with Cristin, click on the link ’Deposit your document in full text’.