Library:Scholarly Communications/Complying with OA policies

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There are two ways to comply with Open Access policies when publishing your research:

  • Publish in an Open Access journal
  • Archive your article in an Open Access repository

1. Publish in an Open Access journal

  • Submit your manuscript to an Open Access journal. To find OA journals in your field, search the Directory of Open Access Journals, which contains nearly 10,000 journals across all disciplines. Ulrich’s Web, provided through UBC library, can also be used to find open access publications.
  • Look carefully at your agreement or consult with editorial staff to ensure that any embargoes on access do not exceed what is required by your funding. Some journals offer open access to published content after 12 months, which may meet the OA requirements of your funding. Stanford University provides a list of journals which provide free access to back issues after 12 months.
  • Search for your journal on the site Sherpa/Romeo to see if your journal is compliant you’re your funder’s OA policy. (Find your journal and see the “Mandated OA” section). This site, however, is intended as a guide: you should confirm with editorial staff to ensure all requirements are met.


2. Archive in an Open Access repository

  • Submit your manuscript to a journal that permits archiving your peer-reviewed manuscript to a central repository, such as PubMed Central Canada, or in UBC’s institutional repository, cIRcle.
  • Some journals voluntarily submit journal articles to PubMed Central Canada: to find out if your journal is one, see this list of PubMed Central Journals.
  • Submit your article to cIRcle, the University of British Columbia’s repository. cIRcle is regularly crawled and indexed by search engines such as Google, Google Scholar, and Yahoo, making your work both Open Access and easy to find.
  • Search Sherpa/Romeo for your journal to find information on self-archiving permissions: whether you can self-archive a pre-print (your manuscript before peer review), post-print (after peer review), or the publisher’s final version.


Can the library help me comply with OA policies?

Yes. Contact the Scholarly Communications and Copyright office for assistance with finding OA policy requirements, publishing in OA journals, or finding information on how to self-archive your work.