How to self-archive

If you have published research results in a channel that is not open, you can self-archive a manuscript copy in an open repository to make it available open access. That way you will meet research funders' open access requirements at no extra cost and increase the visibility of your research results in search engines.

Self-archive in Gupea

Staff at the University of Gothenburg can publish open access by self-archiving in the University's repository Gupea.

Send a copy of your article manuscript to, to self-archive in Gupea. The manuscript copy can be, for example, a manuscript for an article in a subscription magazine, a paper in a conference proceedings or a book chapter.

Set the publishing date

When you upload the copy you must enter if there is an embargo for publishing. This means specifying the date you want to make your copy become available through Gupea.

Check the publisher's conditions for self-archiving if you are unsure of the embargo period. Also compare with the requirements on open access from your funder.

Requirements from research funders on open access

Terms and conditions from publishers when self-archiving

When you publish a text, in most cases you sign an agreement with the publisher. Therefore, if you plan to self-archive a copy of the article, you should check the publisher's terms and conditions for self-archiving.

Version and embargo

The publisher's terms and conditions may state restrictions for when a copy of the article can be published and what version the copy should be.

Some publishers only allow self-archiving after an embargo, that is, with a delay since the article was first published in the journal.

The publishers conditions regarding version usually mean that the copy you self-archive must be a so called post-print (Author’s Accepted Manuscript), a peer reviewed manuscript without any connection to the journal's layout.

Check the conditions in Sherpa Romeo

To find out what applies to self-archiving for articles, you can look up your journal in the database Sherpa Romeo. The database holds information about terms and conditions from many journals and publishers.

To Sherpa Romeo

If the journal is not listed in Sherpa Romeo you can find information about copyright and terms and conditions for self-archiving on the journal's website, or in the copyright-agreement you have signed.

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