Welcome to Day Three of the Research Impact Challenge! Your task today is to learn how and where you can self-archive your publications!
Self-archiving is a method of making your work available for others to read free of charge. There are different methods of self-archiving. Two common methods are uploading preprints to a preprint server and uploading post-prints to a repository or website.
Releasing a preprint has been associated with more attention and citations for related peer-reviewed articles.
To complete today's challenge, complete the following steps:
1. Choose one of your publications and use Sherpa Romeo to determine what rights you have related to self-archiving.
2. Identify the appropriate location for the self-archived version of your paper. When allowed by the publisher, preprints can be shared through discipline-specific servers such as bioRxiv and medRxiv. Post-prints can be shared through personal websites and some preprint servers. Technically, complying with the NIH Public Access Policy also counts as self-archiving your work.
There are two bonus challenges today. If appropriate, the first is to self-archive one of your papers. If you decide to upload a preprint, your additional challenge is to make sure it is included in your ORCID profile.
Self-archived papers generally fall into three categories- pre-prints, post-prints, and publisher’s version. Different journals have different policies about which of these you can self-archive (or if and when you can self-archive at all). So you should always check before you upload your work somewhere.
Self-archiving is considered a form of open access publishing, which covers a range of practices where research outputs (such as journal articles) are distributed online, free of cost or other access barriers. Different models of open access publishing are often described using a color system.
Green OA - Refers to the model in which an author self-archives a copy of their work on a website, server, or other system, making it available for others to read free of charge.
Gold OA - Refers to the model in which a scholarly journal makes all articles and related content available for free immediately through their website. Open access journals such as PLOS and eLife are examples of this model.