Self-Archiving Policy for Digital Repositories
Articles are open access after two years since their online publication. However, the journals will retain copyright of these open access articles. Any person or institution wishing to upload a given article on their websites or institutional repositories should contact the commissioning editors of the journals.
Therefore, as a rule, the version of editor (VoE) cannot be uploaded neither on the personal websites nor on institutional or subject-based repositories, unless it is released under a Creative Commons license (see below). Instead, the authors are allowed to upload on their websites or institutional repositories the version of author (VoA).
- Version of Editor (VoE): it is the work that has been peer-reviewed, edited, corrected, typeset, paginated, and indexed by the editorial staff of a journal. The VoE is also known as ‘postprint.’
- Version of Author (VoA): it is the manuscript that was submitted initially by the author to the journal (i.e., neither reviewed nor typeset). The VoA is also known as ‘preprint.’
The cost of the complete cycle of the editorial process that leads from the VoA (i.e., raw manuscript) to the VoE (i.e., product that has been epistemic and aesthetically improved) is not negligible. It is a task performed with absolute rigor by highly respected professionals.
In order to foster the free flow of knowledge and help authors to disseminate their ideas, while ensuring the economic sustainability of the journal, we are pleased to offer authors the choice to assign a Creative Commons license to their articles. This open license will allow authors to upload their articles wherever they wish (personal website, institutional repository, etc.) just for USD 85.
By agreeing to publish in the journal, the authors transfer their commercial rights of the final work (VoE, postprint) in exchange of editorial service (peer review, layout, etc.) but retain the moral rights for the content (VoA, preprint). The authors may recover the commercial rights of the final work (VoE, postprint) and therefore can disseminate this version (VoE, postprint) online freely by simply assigning a Creative Commons license for a USD 85 fee. We will be happy to provide free advice to help authors choose the Creative Commons option that best suits their particular cases. (Remember that empirical studies have shown that open access articles may increase the number of citations up to 250% compared to non-open access articles)
In summary, authors may assign a Creative Commons license for only USD 85 and increase the number of incoming citations. This license allow authors to upload the version of the editor on the Internet (i.e., institutional repository of their university, their own personal website) so that their work preserved and accessible at their university (or personal website)… forever!
If you have questions or want more information either about delayed open access or Creative Commons licenses, please send us an email and we will help you to choose the best option for you.