Publishing Models and Policies

Alternatives to traditional publishing models include open access publishing. The Canadian Association of Research Libraries defines open access as "the free availability of scholarly journal publications over the Internet" and outlines two approaches to implementing open access: open access journals and open access repositories.

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.