eScholarship@UMassChan welcomes digital materials in a wide range of formats, including text, images, video, and audio files. Materials must meet submission and copyright guidelines. Formats include, but are not limited to, the following:
Submitting a document to eScholarship@UMassChan does not transfer copyright; it only grants the Library a non-exclusive license to distribute and archive the document.
Authors often inadvertently transfer copyright to publishers during the article publication process (review Author Rights and Publication Agreements to understand why this is unnecessary!). However, many journal publishers allow authors to freely and legally post a version of their published articles (see Definitions box) in an institutional archive or repository. This is called “self-archiving.” Publishers prohibiting inclusion may grant exceptions if the author requests it. The library will assist authors in determining if materials are eligible to be deposited. Authors may wish to consult the Sherpa/RoMEO website, which provides a summary of permissions that are normally given as part of each publisher's copyright transfer agreement or license.
If your journal or publisher does not give standing permission for self-archiving, ask for permission. Many publishers who do not give standing permission will agree to case-by-case requests. Here is a template with sample wording to ask permission from a publisher for self-archiving an article:
Dear [insert name of publisher, rights manager or similar],
I am writing to ask permission to post a copy of an article of mine which was published in one of your journals in my institution's repository, eScholarship@UMassChan.
The article is:
[authors names], [date], [title]
[journal name], [volume or number], [pages]
The institutional repository is a not-for-profit service for academic authors, providing access to the full-text of their publications. Full bibliographic details are given for each article, including the journal of original publication, etc.
If possible, I would like to use the published pdf version. The pdf version has an advantage over posting my own version, in that it maintains consistency in appearance of the article wherever it is read. This also maintains a closer association of the article with the journal, through the running headers and the journal formatting and style.
I would be grateful if you could respond at your earliest convenience to give your permission for including this article and to pass on any conditions that are associated. If it would be possible to use the published pdf version of the article for this purpose, then please confirm this.
Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to hearing from you.
More information on copyright can be found at the Library's Copyright Resources guide.
"Green" Open Access: Depositing a scholarly publication for public access in a repository other than that of the publisher, e.g. an institutional repository or a discipline-related repository such as eScholarship@UMMS or PubMed Central (also called "self-archiving")
"Gold" Open Access: Publishing a scholarly article in a peer-reviewed journal with open access, sometimes financed through article publication charges.
"Hybrid" Open Access: An option now offered by many traditional publishers where an author can pay a publication fee to make an article open access.
Embargo: A fixed delay between the time a publication or data is deposited into a repository and the time it is made public
Version Terminology: Here are generally accepted definitions for a journal article in its various versions as it moves through the publication process:
See also the VERSIONS Toolkit, which has practical advice for academic researchers as authors.
Policies for specific collections
See also our FAQ.
Institutional Repository Librarian
Lamar Soutter Library, UMass Medical School