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RoMEO has reached 500 publishers

SHERPA is delighted to announce that its service RoMEO now lists over 500 publisher policies on self-archiving.

Why is RoMEO important?

If an academic author wants to put their research articles on-line, they are faced with an increasingly complex situation. Evidence shows that citations to articles made openly accessible in this way are taken up and cited more often than research that is simply published in journals. Also some funding agencies require open access archiving for their research, to increase the use of the information generated.

However, some publishers prohibit authors from using their own articles in this way. Others allow it, but only under certain conditions, while others are quite happy for authors to show their work in this way.

Authors can be left confused: RoMEO helps to clarify the situation.

What does RoMEO give users?

The RoMEO service, provided by the award winning SHERPA Partnership*, uses a simple colour-code to classify policies and inform authors of what can be done with their articles, and offers users the ability to:

Additional RoMEO provides lists of

RoMEO is seen as an essential resource by many in the Open Access community. RoMEO is funded by JISC and the Wellcome Trust. Journal information is kindly provided by the British Library's Zetoc service hosted by MIMAS

Background information:

The award winning SHERPA is based at the University of Nottingham and works on a portfolio of projects related to Open Access and repository development.

SHERPA is a 33 member consortium of research-led universities which specialises in promoting and advising on the development of open access repositories. Other services developed by SHERPA include JULIET and OpenDOAR.

SHERPA and its services provide summaries of

These resources can be accessed under the Guidance heading on the SHERPA site -

* SPARC Europe Award for Outstanding Achievements in Scholarly Communication 2007


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12th February 2009


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