SherpaRomeo is a database run by the University of Nottingham, UK, which allows any author publishing in an academic journal to verify the open-access related policies of journals and publishers.
How does it work ?
Connect to their site and type in the journal title pr publishers name in the search field. SherpaRomeo uses data provided by Zetoc (British Library) and the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) to provide a summary of their exact publishing and copyright policies, in a clear and easy to follow coloured scale (see below.) It details whether pre-prints, post-prints, or publishers versions are permitted to be shared on repositories such as SSRN or institutional repositories, and any other general conditions to be noted.
Why is it useful ?
Whilst close readings of publishers copyright policies are invaluable, SherpaRomeo provides an easy to follow and efficient method of understanding to what extent a journal will allow you to share your published articles, in what format, and under what conditions they will allow that sharing.
Why ask the library for help ?
The Library can help you with guidelines for uploading your work and ensure you fully understand publishers copyright implications. Similarly, the library can help clarify the grey areas of research sharing, and take contact directly with publishers on your behalf to ensure all guidelines are properly respected.