Tips for Living Openly: Self-Archive Your Research

This is the third in a series of posts about ways that those of us working in libraries can support open access (OA) to research.  This month’s tip is to self-archive your research in your institutional repository.

While it is beneficial to publish in an open access (OA) journal, you may need to publish your research in a subscription-based journal. If you publish in such a journal, you can still make your research openly available by self-archiving a version of your research in your institution’s digital repository (also known as the green OA route).

Check the publisher’s copyright and/or author rights policies to find out how your work may be reused and shared. Most major publishers allow you to share the pre-print (also known as the original manuscript version) freely anywhere, such as repositories or your personal website. Other publishers allow you to make the pre-print or post-print (post-peer-review version) available in your institutional repository after an embargo period generally ranging from six months to two years.

More information about self-archiving your work in an institutional repository can be found in this resource guide created by the University of Toronto Libraries.