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SHERPA/RoMEO is a service run by SHERPA to show the copyright and open access self-archiving policies of academic journals.

The database uses a colour-coding scheme to classify publishers according to their self-archiving policy.[1] This shows authors whether the journal allows preprint or postprint archiving in their copyright transfer agreements.[2] It currently hold records for over 22,000 journals.[3]


  1. ^ Jenkins, Celia; Probets, Steve; Oppenheim, Charles; Hubbard, Bill (2007). "RoMEO Studies 8: self-archiving: The logic behind the colour-coding used in the Copyright Knowledge Bank" (PDF). Program. 41 (2): 124–133. doi:10.1108/00330330710742908.
  2. ^ Kristick, Laurel (2008). "Using Journal Citation Reports and SHERPA RoMEO to Facilitate Conversations on Institutional Repositories". Collection Management. 34 (1): 49–52. doi:10.1080/01462670802527860.
  3. ^ "FAQ - Publisher copyright policies & self-archiving". SHERPA/RoMEO. Retrieved 22 October 2015.

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