Publishing Models and Policies

Alternatives to traditional publishing models include open access publishing. The Canadian Association of Research Libraries describes open access (OA) as "a model of scholarly communication that promises to greatly improve the accessibility of results of research" and explains reasons for supporting OA in its Position Statement on Open Access.

RoMEO (Rights MEtadata for Open archiving) is a database of publisher policies on copyright and self-archiving maintained by SHERPA (Securing a Hybrid Environment for Research, Preservation and Access) at the University of Nottingham with the help of many international partners.  Use this tool to locate the publishing policy of a journal publisher you are considering in order to determine the extent to which the publisher supports open access or author retention of self-archiving and distribution rights.