Library:Scholarly Communications/How do I make my work OA/Green OA

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Open Access Repository

You may already have open access articles – you just haven’t posted them yet.


The "green" route to OA means self-archiving your articles to make them freely available online.


Different publishers allow you to archive different versions of your articles: Sherpa/Romeo is a resource which provides details of the archiving rights normally given by the copyright transfer agreements of various publishers. Sherpa/Romeo ranks publishers on the following scale:

  • Green: authors can archive post-prints (the final draft of an article after peer review) and the publisher’s final PDF version of articles.
  • Blue: authors can archive post-prints or the publisher’s final PDF version of the article.
  • Yellow: authors can archive pre-prints (the version of the paper before peer-review).

Where can I archive my articles?

There are several options for archiving your work:

  • cIRcle: UBC’s digital repository for research and teaching materials created by the UBC community. Materials in cIRcle are openly available to anyone on the web, are better indexed by web search engines than those available on personal websites, have persistent URLS, and will be preserved for future generations.
  • Personal or departmental websites: increase the visibility of your research by making it freely available on your own page.
  • Discipline-specific digital repositories: some disciplines have central repositories for archiving, such as arXiv.org for fields such as physics, mathematics, computer science, biology, quantitative finance and statistics, or the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) for the social sciences.