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"Green OA Paths" 1. Researcher attaches an author's addendum and/or the Bucknell Open Access Polilcy to their contract with their publisher. 2. The addendum is, in the majority of cases, accepted without negotiation, and the author uploads their work to Bucknell Digital Commons, their personal site, and/or another repository. Or 1. Researcher works with scholarly communications officer to identify relevant journal policies.2. Scholarly communications officer ensure that work is made accessible in the digital commons at appropriate time, in line with journal policies.

The above image describes two potential paths to "Green Open Access", a form of open access also referred to as "self-archiving".These are not the only two paths, but they are the most common/universalizable.

In Green OA, the author maintains parts of their copyright that allow them to share a version of their work online, in addition to the formally published version. 

Often, the "Author's Accepted Copy" (post- peer review, pre- copyediting and formatting) is uploaded to an institutional repository, like the Bucknell Digital Commons, or a disciplinary repository like ArXiv or Humanities Commons. 

Because Green OA has the potential to more deeply impact publisher profits than Gold OA, some publishers are responding with more restrictive licenses or charging fees for authors to maintain aspects of their copyright required for Green OA paths.

Questions or Support?

If you have any questions or want to discuss your options in making your work openly accessible, reach out to Eloise to talk more about your specific context and needs.


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Green OA Toolkit:

Green OA Definitions:

Repository: A digital platform that holds and provides free and immediate access to research.

Embargo: In self-archiving, an embargo period is the amount of time the author must wait after the formal publication of their article before sharing their work in a repository or on their personal website. Some journals have no embargo period, but in some fields, 12-24 months is standard.

Pre-Print: This is the version of your article you initially submitted to the journal. Pre-prints are sometimes shared within disciplinary repositories.

Post-Print/Author's Accepted Manuscript: This is the version of the article that was accepted after peer-review. This version does not include copyediting, formatting, or the branding of the journal.

Bespoke License: Some large publishers have started using these for their most profitable journals (For instance, Springer's Nature and related journals). This is a standard alternative agreement that can be requested and allows for self-archiving.