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Self-archiving, also called green open access, is a way of providing free access to a published or accepted research publication, and means that a full-text version of the publication is uploaded to an institutional archive or other open archives.

Self-archiving means that a copy of a published work is uploaded in full text in an open archive. Full-text publication of the reviewed, accepted version of an article meets most research funders' requirements for making research results publicly available. A good reason for this type of publishing is that the accessibility is increased and more people can benefit from research results, including publications behind paywalls.

Check the publisher's terms and conditions before you self-archive an article. Some publishers may, for example, require an embargo before a version can be made available. It is also common that only the so-called post-print version may be used, i.e. the peer-reviewed article before it has gone through the publisher's setting, layout and pagination.

To find out what applies to your article, you can search for the journal in the Sherpa Romeo database. The database contains information about the conditions for many journals and publishers. If you do not find the journal in the database, the information is often available on the publisher's website.

Search for journals and publishers in Sherpa Romeo

Search for research funders' open access guidelines in Sherpa Juliet

If the journal does not allow self-archiving or if it is unclear, contact the publisher and ask for permission. Suggestions for letters can be found on our page on copyright.

Self-archiving in LUCRIS

As a researcher at Lund University, you can use LUCRIS to self-archive an article, by uploading a full-text version of your article.

When registering a publication in LUCRIS, you upload the version that is permitted under the publisher's terms as a PDF file under "Electronic version (s) of this work". Enter which version of the article this copy is under "Document Version".

If the publisher only allows self-archiving with a time delay (embargo), you must select "Embargo" under "Open access to file". Enter the dates during which the embargo period applies.


For questions about the publishing process, bibliometrics, research data, open access, please contact your faculty library or

publicera [at] lub [dot] lu [dot] se

For questions about LUCRIS, please contact:

servicedesk [at] lu [dot] se