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RoMEO reaches 400 – good news for the open access world

Posted by gazjjohnson on 22 July, 2008

I noticed that my old work-mates at SHERPA have reached 400 publisher policies listed on their SHERPA/RoMEO site.  This is all related to authors wishing to deposit in an open access repository.

This is good news (and well done to them).  I know from working there that it’s one thing to get a look-see at a publisher author’s rights license; but another thing all together to translate this into simple terms.  And then get the publisher to sign off on it.  That’s something that the SHERPA team don’t highlight much, the fact that with 400 publishers listed, there’ll be 100-150 other publishers they’re investigating.
Why is RoMEO important? – in SHERPA’s words:

If an academic author wants to put their research articles on-line, they are faced with an increasingly complex situation. Evidence shows that citations to articles made openly accessible in this way are taken up and cited more often than research that is simply published in journals.

Also some funding agencies require open access archiving for their research, to increase the use of the information generated.


However, some publishers prohibit authors from using their own articles in this way. Others allow it, but only under certain conditions, while others are quite happy for authors to show their work in this way. 

RoMEO is a service that clarifies, in simple language, if an author can/cannot put their work into an open access repository like LRA (and indeed which version of this they need).  All linked to publisher and funder websites as appropriate.  Well worth a look for academics and librarians alike

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