Journals, publishers and repositories

In the coming weeks and months, the majority of UK journals and publishers will be updating their policies on open access to take account of the new RCUK policy which takes effect from 1 April 2013. No doubt lists and directories of compliant journals will also be compiled and published.

Journals and publishers

For the moment, the most useful source of information on publishers’ policies on copyright and self-archiving is the SHERPA/RoMEO database. Its coverage is international and the database is regularly updated.

In May 2012, the Publishers Association produced a report looking at the effect of six-month embargo periods on journal publishing.

Learned society publishing

In 2009, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funded a study which produced a useful report on ‘The Future of Scholarly Journals Publishing among Social Science and Humanities Associations‘.


The Directory of Open Access Repositories, Open DAOR, contains information about more than 2,200 institutional and subject repositories.

One useful service for those without access to an institutional repository is, managed by Edina, University of Edinburgh: ‘The purpose of is to ensure that all academics worldwide can share in the benefits of making their research output Open Access. For those whose universities and organisations have an online repository, makes them easy to find. For those without a local repository, including unaffiliated researchers, the OpenDepot is a place of deposit, available for others to harvest’.