Demystifying the LRA: Pt 1 Colours
Posted by gazjjohnson on 25 August, 2009
I thought it might be useful to write a short series of posts around some of the issues that we in the repository team deal with on a daily basis. Today – colours.
One of the services that is vital to our work is run by the SHERPA team (aka the University of Nottingham’s Centre for Scholarly Communications) and is called SHERPA/RoMEO. It started off as a project at the University of Loughborough before Nottingham took on developing and maintaining it. For my sins I used to be the person in charge of developing it’s content.
At it’s simplest SHERPA/RoMEO is a searchable guide (by publisher or journal) to the rights that are retained by authors with respect to making their research publications available on a repository like the LRA. As a handy visual guide SHERPA/RoMEO grades publishers by their willingness to allow pre-review (pre-print) or post-review (post-print) versions of articles onto a repository. Thus the colour assigned is a handy guide as to how easy it is going to be to ingest something onto the LRA.
- Green – pre and post review allowed
- Blue – only post-review allowed
- Yellow – only pre-review allowed
- White – no archiving allowed
It’s not quite as easy as that as most publishers include conditions that must be met. It’s also been a handy metric for how publishers are responding to open access. Right now (see graphic below) around 61% of the 600+ publishers SHERPA/RoMEO covers allow some kind of open access deposit onto a repository.
If you’re an academic wanting to put your papers onto the repository – you don’t need to worry about this too much; we here at the LRA do all the checking into the colour and other requirements for you. All you need to do is send us the author’s finally submitted version of your papers and we’ll do the rest.
If there’s a repository related topic you’d like to see us tackle, drop us a line or post a comment – I’d love to hear from you!