Understanding author rights

SHERPA-RoMEO-long-logo (1)To find out the dos and don’ts pertaining to your rights as an author, visit the Sherpa Romeo site. The site summarises open access self-archiving permissions and conditions of rights that are given to you as an author by different journals and publishers. Where archiving permission is given, it means that your article can be uploaded on our institutional repository. The advantage of this is that its visibility is greatly enhanced. The respective journal may for example allow you to archive the pre-print and post-print or publisher’s version/PDF while another may only allow archiving of your pre-print (ie pre-refereeing) article version. Other journals allow you to archive your article after a defined embargo period. The respective journal website also spell out these rights. The publishing license agreement you sign with the publisher also stipulates your rights. The library verifies your archiving rights before uploading your article in our repository. It is advisable to clearly understand the publishing license contract you sign with the publisher. This will ensure you adhere to your part of the contract.

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