Self-Archiving (Green Open-Access)

General Information

University members can self-archive their non-open-access-publications in Phaidra and make them permanently available to the public for no costs.

Which publishers/journals allow self-archving?

The database SHERPA/RoMEO 1 offers information about the self-archiving policy of a large number of publishers and journals. However, legally binding are the regulations set in the publishing agreement. In case of doubt contact the publisher.

Which version of my publication can be used for self-archiving?

Please refer to the respective publishing agreement for the exact specifications. The most common versions for self-archiving purposes are:

  • Pre-Print (submitted version)
  • Post-Print (accepted version)

Are there embargo periods?

Yes, in many cases embargo periods are set by publishers. They range from 6 to 24 months. Refer to your publishing agreement for further informaton.

What else do I need to consider?

Archive the manuscript in PDF-format (better PDF-A) to ensure its long-term preservation and reusability. In addition, it is advisable to obtain the consent of all authors involved. Furthermore a reference to the official publication (DOI and/or bibliographical data) should be provided with the metadata .