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Researcher's guide to responsible and open science

Self-archiving and its benefits

Self-archiving (green open access) is one way to publish open access. It means depositing a manuscript version of a publication or part of a publication in a subject-specific or institutional repository, where it is openly available to everyone either immediately or after an embargo.

Self-archiving in an open access repository increases the visibility and impact of your publication. A self-archived publication receives a permanent identifier (e.g. URN) in a repository, which is easy to share through various social media networking services and enables the long-term preservation of the publication. Self-archiving is also a way to fulfil research funders' requirements on open access publications. In accordance with Tampere University Open Science Policy (2024) and Open RDI operation guidelines and principles in the Tampere University of Applied Sciences (2024), all publications are self-archived whenever the publisher allows it.

How do I self-archive my publications?

Familiarise yourself with the publisher's self-archiving policies

  • in Sherpa/RoMEO
  • on the publisher's, journal’s, or conference's own website
  • in your publishing agreement (Copyright Transfer Agreement)
  • if you cannot find information about the journal's self-archiving policy, you can ask the publisher afterwards for permission to self-archive your article.

Self-archive process

Self-archive the correct version of your research article

  • the author's final version of the article (accepted manuscript) can almost always be deposited in a repository
  • the publisher´s version of the article may only be self-archived if the publisher´s self-archiving policy allows it, or the article is published with a Creative Commons licence.
  • see the table below for details.

Possible embargo period set by the publisher

  • self-archive your article in TUNICRIS or Justus as soon as it has been published despite the embargo
  • the library sets an embargo on the publication. The self-archived publication will be open access after the embargo period has expired.

How do I self-archive?

You work at the University

You work at TAMK

Your self-archived publications are openly available in

  • Trepo, if you work at Tampere University
  • Theseus, if you work at TAMK

The library always checks the publisher's self-archiving policy and the correctness of the uploaded PDF version before making the file openly available in the repository.


Article versions

  Manuscript submitted to a journal Author's final version of an article Article published in a journal
Terms Pre-print, submitted version, author-submitted article. Post-print, final draft, accepted author manuscript, accepted article, author's accepted manuscript. Final published article, final published version, version of record, definitive version, publisher PDF, publisher's version, ahead of print, in press, corrected proof, online first, offprint, Epub, forthcoming article.
Definition Not peer reviewed, author's first article manuscript version sent to a journal. A peer-reviewed version edited by the author based on comments received from peer reviewers and submitted to the journal for publication. No publisher’s logo, page numbers, or final layout. Final version of the article that has the layout, pagination, logo etc. finalized by the publisher.
Version to self-archive in TUNICRIS and Justus Normally not self-archived. Most common version of an article to be self-archived. Primarily self-archived if the publisher allows it, or the article is licensed under a Creative Commons licence.


Citing a self-archived publication

Always cite the original publication instead of the self-archived version. If you also want to link to a self-archived version, use the permanent web address (URN) provided for the self-archived version.


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