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Scholarly Communications

A guide created to discussion numerous aspects of scholarly communication, such as: open access publishing, copyright and creative commons licensing, scholarly profiles, and the h-index

What is SHERPA?

"SHERPA RoMEO is an online resource that aggregates and analyses publisher open access policies from around the world and provides summaries of self-archiving permissions and conditions of rights given to authors on a journal-by-journal basis."

-From SHERPA RoMEO's "About" page 

Where can I go to learn more about what rights I have over previously published articles?

If in doubt about whether you may publish your scholarship online, go to SHERPA/RoMEO, an international listing of publisher copyright policies, Each entry provides a summary of the publisher's policy, including what version of an article can be published or archived, where it can be deposited, and any conditions that are attached to that deposit.

Using Sherpa/RoMEO

  • Go to
  • Type in the publisher or journal and see what color is assigned to that publisher. The color-coding differentiates among four categories of publishing (or archiving) rights:

RoMEO color

Archiving policy


can archive pre-print and post-print or publisher's version/PDF


can archive post-print (i.e. final draft post-refereeing) or publisher's version/PDF


can archive pre-print (i.e. pre-refereeing)


archiving not formally supported

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