Research Impact Challenge

Day 3: Self-archive your publications

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.

What can you self-archive?

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.

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Self Archiving and Open Access

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.

For more information about different preprint servers check out this comparison chart maintained by ASAPbio. To examine the different dimensions of open access, see the HowOpenIsIt? guide created by SPARC, PLOS, and the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association.

What is Open Access?