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Open Access: Self-archiving

What is self-archiving?

Self-archiving is a practice of uploading scholarly works in an open access institutional repository
such as SOAR@SU or an open access disciplinary archive such as


OpenDOAR  (The Directory of Open Access Repositories) is an international directory of academic open access repositories that can help you identify, browse and search for repositories, based on location, software or type of material held and other criteria.

Disciplinary repositories

Part of the Open Access Directory, this list is maintained and frequently updated.  It contains both preprint and postprint repositories, and currently lists more than 40 different academic disciplines.  


Disciplinary Repositories (via OAD)



SOAR@SU is the SU Libraries' open access institutional repository for scholarly, professional, and creative works, data, theses, dissertations, and doctoral projects. SOAR@SU is part of
the larger MD-SOAR project, currently funded
by the USMAI Library Consortium.

SOAR@SU guide

How to submit to SOAR@SU

For assistance and more information about SOAR@SU,
contact Jennifer Martin or Ian Post

Publisher self-archiving policies

Self-archiving policies vary by publisher.  
For information about self-archiving policies of individual publishers, search SHERPA/RoMEO.

Versions of manuscripts

‚ÄčThe digital version of a manuscript available online in a repository.

The version of a manuscript that has been accepted by a publisher for publication but has not yet been subject to formal peer review.  

The version of a manuscript after it has been peer reviewed.

Publisher's version (or version of record)
The final version of a manuscript, after peer review and processing by a publisher such as copyediting, stylistic edits, and formatting changes.