How do publisher policies affect submissions to Work and Family Commons?

Publisher policies are an important aspect of submissions to open access repositories (WFC copyright guidelines). If you want to submit journal articles, you will find that publisher policies vary by journal.

Virtually all peer-reviewed journals allow authors to publish working papers (prior to peer review) in an open access format, even if an author intends to publish the final version in that journal. These are called pre-prints.

For previously published articles to be deposited in an open access repository, publishers often require a specific version to be submitted; typically this is the version that has been edited based on comments from the peer-review process but not yet copy edited by the journal. These are called post-prints.

To look up a specific journal’s current policy on open access submissions and to find additional information on Publisher and Copyright archiving policies, view the comprehensive SHERPA/RoMEO website.

We also encourage you to consult your agreement with the publisher for more specific information. Many publishers can be approached on a case-by-case basis for individual permission to post a specific article.