In this Unit, you have learned about various aspects of self-archiving in open access repositories. Various directories and authors’ tools are available for facilitating authors in selecting their self-archiving venues, particularly the disciplinary and national-level OA repositories. Some of these tools also help you in determining publishers’ or journals’ embargo period before taking your self-archiving decision. In this Unit, you also learned about various aspects of publishing in open access journals. Various databases and authors’ tools are available for facilitating authors in selecting their publishing venues, particularly qualitative OA journals. We listed some ways to identify quality OA journals and highlighted the criteria of predatory OA journals. While we encourage you to publish in Open Access Journals, the best way is to share your work in green repository, and also follow the established criteria of quality in your discipline. However, the notion of quality of journals is also evolving with many features due to affordances of technology, and thus, publishing in OA journal is an option to make your work visible to many and accessible to all.


There are a number of video tutorials available on topics discussed in this Unit. Some of the tutorials were developed by the organizations responsible for the advocacy and awareness raising, while some others were developed by reputed scientists and libraries. Now, you learn more about different dimensions of copyright and author rights in real life academic research environment.

  • ArXiv and Disciplinary Repositories Video49
  • Author rights, your rights Video50
  • Author Rights: Working with Publishers to Keep Your Rights Video51
  • Self Archiving Works Video52
  • International Standards for Editors and Authors Video53

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