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Open Access FAQ

How does this affect where I publish?

The Open Access policy does not affect where you publish. It makes it possible to keep your publishing practices the same while also sharing your research through Open Access archiving. The majority of publishing agreements are compatible with the Open Access Archiving Policy and permit article archiving.

Will this harm my chances of publishing?

No. The opt-out option protects authors who need to publish in journals that will not cooperate with the policy.

Additionally, all major publishers permit some form of archiving. For example, the standard policies of journals published by Elsevier, Taylor & Francis, SAGE, Springer, and Emerald all permit post-print archiving. Wiley is the only major publisher that restricts archiving to the pre-print (submitted version), and we’d be happy to archive that copy in DigitalFGCU if you prefer. Over a thousand smaller publishers permit archiving the published version in a repository.

If you would like to check the standard copyright and archiving for your journal or publisher, please consult the SHERPA/RoMEO database.

If you would prefer to embargo your article for a specified time period, please note the embargo time when you submit your article to

Will this policy harm journals or publishers?

No. This policy will not harm journal or publishers, and major publishers permit archiving.

There is no empirical evidence that even when all articles are freely available, journals are canceled. The major societies in physics have not seen any impact on publishing despite the fact that for more than 20 years an open access repository (arXiv) has been making available nearly all of the High Energy Physics literature written during that period.