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Author Rights

Locating publisher agreements

How do I know a journal's policies before I submit? 

Start with:

  • SHERPA/ROMEO database
    • Database of copyright policies relating to self-archiving 
    • Provides links to copyright policies on publishers' websites

For more extensive information, go directly to the publisher's website. 

Information may be found under these headings on the website:

  • Author information
  • Copyright
  • Permissions
  • Author guidelines
  • Open access
  • Instructions for authors

If in doubt, you can always contact the publisher or editor with specific questions.

Publisher information & sample agreements

What if I've already published? 

Check your journal policies using your article DOI at

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