Self-archiving and document versions: Scholarly publishing

Scholarly Publishing and Open Access plus a stylized book with the open access symbol

Self-archiving your work in a repository, also called Green Open Access, is a great way to share your work with a wider audience, increase the impact of your research, and fulfill open access funding mandates.

Before self-archiving your work, you need to check which version of your paper you are permitted to share, and whether there is a required embargo period which delays your ability to make the work openly available. This depends on your agreement with the publisher. You can negotiate your right to self-archive your work by including an author addendum with your submission.

Check your publisher agreement or Sherpa / RoMEO for details on which version of your paper you are permitted to self-archive. The different versions include:

Preprint / Submitted Author Manuscript
Version of the paper submitted to the journal or publisher prior to any peer-review or publisher formatting. Many subject repositories or preprint servers collect these.

Postprint / Accepted Author Manuscript
Final, peer-reviewed version of the article, prior to publisher formatting.

Published Version of Record
Published version of the article which appears on the journal’s website and includes formatting and typesetting completed by the publisher. 


Ready to make your work widely available? Deposit to Summit, the SFU research repository.