Self-archiving policy in digital repositories
All journals offer open access to the articles once two years have elapsed after their publication. However, the journals will keep the copyright of the articles published in open. That is, any person or institution wishing to upload or freely circulate the editor’s version of the article on its website or in an institutional repository should contact those responsible for this editorial group.
Therefore, as a general rule, the publication of the editor’s version (VdE) is not allowed on personal websites or in thematic or institutional repositories, except in cases where a Creative Commons license is assigned (see below). Instead, authors are allowed to publish the author’s version (VdA) on their websites or in the repositories.
- Editor’s Version (VdE): an article which has been peer reviewed, edited, corrected, formatted, paged and indexed by the journal’s editorial team. The VdE is also known as postprint.
- Author’s Version (VdA): a manuscript initially sent by the author to one of the journals (without reviewing or layout). The VdA is also known as preprint.
The editorial management process of the complete cycle that leads from the VdA (‘raw’ manuscript) to the VdE (epistemically and aesthetically improved product) has a cost that is not negligible, as it is a task performed with absolute rigour by professionals of the highest level.
In order to facilitate the free flow of knowledge and help authors disseminate their ideas, while ensuring the economic sustainability of journals, we are pleased to offer authors the possibility of assigning an open Creative Commons license to their articles, allowing them to post their articles wherever they wish (personal website, institutional repository, etc.), for a fee of €85.
By agreeing to publish in the journal, authors cede the commercial rights of the published work (VdE, postprint) in exchange for an editorial service (peer review, layout, etc.), but maintain the moral rights over the work (VdA, preprint). By paying € 85, the authors recover the commercial rights of the work (VdE, postprint) and therefore can freely circulate this version (VdE, postprint) online by simply assigning a Creative Commons license. We will be happy to offer free advice to help you choose the Creative Commons option that best suits your specific case. (Remember that empirical studies have shown that open-access articles achieve an increase in citations that can reach 250% compared to articles that are not open access)
To summarise… by assigning a Creative Commons license to your article for only €85, you can increase the number of citations received and upload the editor’s version to the institutional repository of your university or to your own website so that the fruit of your work is saved and accessible in your university (or on your website)… forever!
If you have questions or would like more information about deferred open access or Creative Commons licenses, please email us and we will help you choose the best option for you.