Journal self-archiving policies


Just a reference for me. Only really matters for paywalled, of course. To be added to over time.

Colour code

Some journals are open access; you don’t need to self-archive those, but usually you can. (Green) If you can’t self-archive, they’ll be coded royal blue.

Some allow you to archive a proper reprint, processed and edited by the journal — like the IUCr, as shown below. (Also green)

Some suggest you archive the ‘author’s final version’ but don’t want you to put up anything with the journal’s imprimatur. (Orange)

Some say ‘mine mine mine’ and don’t let you host it at all. (Red)

I hope to make all this clear.


Here is a quote from their website:

Provided that a full bibliographic reference to the article as published in an IUCr journal is made, authors may:

  • share print or electronic copies of the article with colleagues;
  • use all or part of the article and abstract, without revision or modification, in theses and/or dissertations, in personal compilations or other publications of their own work (and may receive a royalty or other payment for such work);
  • use the article within their employer’s institution or company for educational or research purposes, including use in course packs;
  • post an authorised electronic reprint of the article on their own personal website, on their employer’s website/repository and on not-for-profit repositories in their subject area. This includes posting on PubMedCentral and related servers. The site must give full attribution to the article and must provide a link to the original article on the IUCr server.

(My bold italics; their bold roman.) Note, they want you to post the authorised electronic reprint of the article; that’s the one with a coversheet, not just the PDF you download from the journal website but the electronic preprint you get as an author. It’s not quite the same.

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