The majority of publishers support the right of authors to make their own work available online.
To check whether it will be possible to self-archive your research paper:
- It may be helpful to read the copyright agreement you signed when you published your paper.
- If you do not have a copy of the agreement or if the agreement does not address the question of self-archiving, you may find it helpful to check the RoMEO database. RoMEO summarises the permissions that are normally given as part of each publisher's copyright transfer agreement. RoMEO does not have information on all journal publishers but it is a good place to start.
- The publisher's own web site may give information on self-archiving permissions for authors.
- If you are still unsure of the copyright position it may prove necessary to seek permission to archive directly from the publisher concerned.