Copyright considerations

Copyright can be very complex in scholarly publishing. Generally when a paper is accepted for publication, an author signs over their copyright to the publisher via a publishing agreement. However many publishers will still allow a version of the publication, such as a pre or post print, to be uploaded and displayed in a repository such as the University's Open Research Repository. This is often referred to as Green Open Access or self-archiving.

If you have published your research in an open access journal, we can typically make the work available in the repository.  If you have not published open access, repository staff may contact you asking for a copy of a pre or post print of your article, as a publisher will often allow these versions to be uploaded to the repository, rather than the final pdf version.

ANU repository staff will always check the copyright status of work you submit or that they submit on your behalf, however it is good practice to personally check the journal's policies which are usually available on their website.

If you would like to know which version of your work you can self-archive, visit the Sherpa/Romeo website for information on many journal's publisher copyright policies and self-archiving.


If a publisher allows a pre or post print version of a journal article to appear in an institutional repository they often apply an embargo or period of restriction for which an article cannot be made publicly available. In these cases, repository staff will check for and apply the appropriate embargo period to your work.