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Open Access Publishing

An introduction to Open Access publishing and the services provided by RIT Libraries

Publisher Policies

Of course, the gold standard is to published in an Open Access journal, however that isn't always an option. Many traditional publishers will allow authors to deposit an either the pre-print or post-print/accepted manuscript on their personal websites or in an institutional repository (also known as self-archiving). Some may require an embargo (usually 12-24 months post-publication). Publishers may include this information in your publishing agreement, or you can look up their policy on their website, or Sherpa/RoMEO, an online aggregator of publisher self-archiving policies (not all journals or publishers may be represented on the site). 

Instructions on navigating and submitting to RIT Scholar Works:

Some journals may not have Open Access baked into their policies, however it is possible for authors to negotiate certain rights with their publishers. An author addendum is a document that proposes a modification to a publisher's copyright transfer agreement in which the author would be ably to retain certain rights, such as the ability to make their work openly available. Additional negotiating maybe required, but including an addendum with your contract is a way to open the door to discussion. One of the better known addendum is the SPARC Author Addendum

Another way would be to ask your publisher directly for permission to deposit your work in a repository. 


Unfortunately, there is no standardized versioning language across publishers, though they do you some of the same terms. 

Pre-print The original version submitted to the publisher, prior to acceptance and before peer review. 
Post-print, Author's Manuscript, Author's Version, Accepted Version The final version submitted by the author after peer review but BEFORE final copy editing and type-setting by the publisher
Published version, Version of Record The final, published version as it appears in the publication. 

Open Access through Self-Archiving

Instructions on navigating and submitting to RIT Scholar Works:

Predatory Publishing

The term "predatory publishing" was invented in 2010 by Jeffrey Beall, a librarian and researcher at the University of Colorado. It refers to the questionable practice of charging fees to authors to publish their articles without the standard editorial and peer review services provided by legitimate scholarly journals, though often with the pretense that there is. The term was frequently applied to Open Access journals, due to the use of Author Processing Charges (APCs), fraudulent publishers are not limited to Open Access journals, nor are all OA journals suspect. It's important to evaluate any publisher you are unfamiliar with. You can read more about predatory publishing and how to evaluate publishers here

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