Why You Should Self-Archive and How to Do It | Blog of the APA

“First, self-archiving your AMs is good for philosophy. It makes it possible for researchers without journal subscriptions to access your work quickly and easily, which in turn helps them to make their own contributions to the field. For example, if there’s a paywalled article that I’m interested in, I’ll search for it in online repositories or check out the author’s website. If a self-archived AM is available, I can download it instantly and start reading and making connections with my own work. If no self-archived AM is available, then I email the author to see if they are willing to send me a copy. Sometimes the author is kind enough to send me their paper quickly, but other times my email goes unanswered and I never get to read the paper. This can slow down my progress on a project; I often need to email multiple philosophers who haven’t self-archived their papers. Some might say that the solution to this problem is to use Sci-Hub, but Sci-Hub distributes journal articles illegally and is allegedly involved in cybercrimes.

Second, self-archiving your AMs is good for you. It enables more people to engage with and cite your work and so can help you become well-known in your field. For example, if your paper’s title and abstract sound relevant to my work and I’m able to download your self-archived AM, then I can read it in full and potentially discuss your arguments in detail in my own paper. If you haven’t self-archived your AM, I might instead decide to discuss and cite ideas from a different paper that has been self-archived. Studies confirm that papers that are self-archived can have a significant boost in citations compared with papers that are not….”

A Selected Comparison of Music Librarians’ and Musicologists’ Self-Archiving Practices

Abstract:  The importance of open access (OA) advocacy is well-documented in the literature of academic librarianship, but previous research shows that librarians’ OA behaviors are less conclusive. This article compares the self-archiving practices of music librarians and musicologists to see how librarians rank in OA adoption. Availability of articles published from 2013 to 2017 in six green OA journals in music librarianship and musicology indicates a need for continued advocacy and enhanced understanding of OA policies and opportunities.


“Sharing should be simple. With shareyourpaper.org, we’ll make sure that deposit into any repository is just that. We’re building a workflow that removes barriers we’ve seen after asking thousands of authors to self-archive, as well as easily upgrades the deposit workflow in thousands of repositories. For libraries, shareyourpaper.org helps you fill your repository by offering the simplest possible deposit workflow for authors, while saving you time and requiring no migrations or upgrades to your current repository….”

Building shareyourpaper.org to make self-archiving the simplest way to increase a paper’s impact.

“Self-archiving needs to be simpler to unleash its power as an equitable route to open access. Yet, it’s too hard for individual repositories to overhaul their existing user experience. We’re building shareyourpaper.org to transform deposit from an often complicated, time-consuming process into one that’s possible in just a few clicks, for any repository without the need for complex integrations. Shareyourpaper.org is a tool that automates the deposit workflow?—?metadata entry, permissions and version checking?—?to require only the single manual step of uploading the paper itself. Libraries looking to fill their repositories can learn more and help us build the tool by signing up….

Late this year, we plan to launch shareyourpaper.org for anyone, everywhere, to deposit wherever they are in the publishing process. It’ll be free, built on open-source code, community-curated open data, simple documented APIs, library values, and resources that enable others to do even better. If you’d like to learn more or contribute in any way, please express your interest.…”

Towards Open Access Self Archiving Policies: A Case Study of COAR

Abstract:  This paper examines Open Access (OA) self archiving policies of different Open Access Repositories (OARs) affiliated to COAR (Confederation of Open Access Repositories) as partner institutes. The process of scrutiny includes three major activities – selection of databases to consult; comparison and evaluation of Open Access policies of repositories listed in the selected databases and attached to COAR group; and critical examination of available self archiving policies of these OA repositories against a set of selected criteria. The above steps lead to reporting the following results: key findings have been identified and highlighted; common practices have been analyzed in relation to the focus of this paper; and a best practice benchmark has been suggested for popularizing and strengthening OARs as national research systems. This paper may help administrators, funding agencies, policy makers and professional librarians in devising institute-specific self archiving policies for their own organizations.

Open Access Button self-archiving guides – feedback wanted

The Open Access Button creates library-aligned tools and resources that make it easier to do research without subscriptions. During our day to day work, we have noticed that authors struggle with finding the right copy of their research to archive, and we know from collaborations with the repository community that we are not alone. We decided to create guides that are specifically designed to help researchers understand how to properly self-archive. The guides are a resource for the community, and we encourage all to share and reuse them.

The first guide contains visual examples to help authors identify how preprint, postprints and versions of record look, how to find each version and check if that version can be legally shared online.  You can view it and contribute online at openaccessbutton.org/versions-explained . The second set of guides, available for most major journals, provide simple to follow instructions for authors to obtain an Author Accepted Manuscript from their Journal Submission System, where the AAM is stored during the publishing process. These guides are soon to be launched, if you are interested in giving feedback, let me know to share the final release copy of the document with you.


Our current next steps for the guides include refining their content, moving it to stand-alone pages, adding images, supporting data on which journals use which submission systems and A/B testing success with the guides. We’ll also be integrating them into our deposit pages, which already provide a route for authors to deposit and archive content legally without meta-data entry or policy checking.


The guides are possible thanks to the feedback and contributions from librarians and members of the community who have taken the time to chat with us and share their experiences. If you are a institutional repository librarian, if you work closely with authors, or if you have ever asked for content in behalf of authors we’d love to hear and learn from you. If you are interested in learning more about our efforts and find ways to collaborate, reply to this email or email me at ….”

Publications scientifiques : l’open access va entrer dans la loi – Educpros

According to a new bill introduced to the French Council of Ministers on December 9, 2015, authors of new scholarly articles arising from publicly-funded research may make them open access through repositories after an embargo (6 months in the sciences, 12 months in the social sciences and humanities). Apparently the bill would allow this regardless of the contracts authors signed with publishers. The bill permits green OA in this sense but does not require it.