Self-archiving scholarly articles in full text

Whenever a scholarly article is published by a publisher, as a rule it is the publisher who retains all the rights to publishing the article.

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Even though the publisher retains all the rights to publishing the article, many publishers now accept/allow self-archiving of post-print and/or pre-print texts (see definitions). You should therefore check "your" publishing company’s conditions in the Sherpa/Romeo list.

1) Retain the right to self-archiving when you sign the contract with the publisher
The contract is made with the publisher after the article is accepted for publication. When signing the contract, the author must ensure that he/she retains the right to self-archiving the article. Many publishers have already made provision for this and include it in their standard contract. If the publisher's standard contract does not give you the right to make your own archival copy, you can use the text below.

Procedure:
You can cross out the section of the text which does not apply and insert the following:

  • Norwegian version:
    [Forfatteren] overfører til forlaget rettighetene til verket med unntak av følgende rettigheter som [forfatteren] vil beholde:
    Retten til å egenarkivere en kopi av verket i Brage, databasen for digitale utgivelser ved Norges miljø- og biovitenskapelige universitet, hvor dokumentet vil gjøres tilgjengelig på nett i fulltekst.
     
  • English version:
    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 Brage, the institutional repository at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, 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.

You may also use the SPARC (Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition) author addendum: http://www.arl.org/sparc/author/


2) What if you have already signed the contract?

If you have already signed the publication contract, you can at a later date get permission to self-archive the article. Some publishers give general permission to self-archiving articles which have been accepted with the result that you do not need to apply separately for permission to do so (check the contract you have signed). Other publishers do not give this general permission, and it is here that you must make application for self-archiving. You can use the form below.

  • Permission from the publisher (article)
    Before you can self-archive your articles you must have permission from the publisher.
    You may use the form:
     
  • Permission from the publisher (article for a doctorate)
    Before you publish the articles for your doctorate electronically, you must have permission from the publisher.
    You may use the form:
     
  • Permission from joint authors
    Before you self-archive your articles, you must have permission from your joint authors.
    You may use the form:

Do you have any questions or problems with self-archiving? Do you need help in contacting the publishers? Then get in touch with the Brage group for self-archiving.

Definitions
Pre-print is the version of a scholarly document before it has been sent to specialists in that particular field for evaluation. This version can be revised after comments from a specialist.

Post-print is the final version of a scholarly document, and includes revisions after any comments from the specialists, or without comments, if the original document has been accepted.

Self-archiving: depositing an article in full text in Brage.

Published 22. July 2014 - 13:42 - Updated 23. May 2017 - 19:41

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