Green Open Access is the process of placing a copy of an already published article in a research/institutional repository or personal web page where it can be freely accessed. This is also referred to as self-archiving.
Publisher’s policies on self-archiving can be located using the Sherpa Romeo database. Typically they will require an embargo – a period of time between when the article is published and when it is permitted to self-archive. They may also specify that is should be a pre –print (before peer review) or a post print (after peer review).
There is no cost to the author for Green Open Access.
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Sherpa Romeo is an online resource that aggregates and analyses publisher open access policies from around the world and provides summaries of publisher copyright and open access archiving policies on a journal-by-journal basis.