Green OA is when an approved version of a publication is made open access in an institutional repository, such as Deakin Research Online (DRO). This is also called the author self-archiving model.
Most journal publishers allow the author's accepted manuscript to be deposited into DRO. Some book publishers also allow this for accepted manuscripts or publisher's PDFs of book chapters. An embargo period is usually required and will be managed by the DRO team.
If you are a Deakin researcher, you can pursue Green OA for your research by depositing copies with DRO using the Elements platform. It is best to provide both the publisher's PDF and author's accepted manuscript (see below). DRO staff will comply with copyright and publisher policies to make one of these versions OA, if possible.
If an appropriate version is not supplied, or the publisher does not permit Green OA, then DRO will contain a citation-only record. This will provide publication details and link to the work's online location.
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Submitted manuscript (or pre-print)
The version first sent to the publisher for review; not refereed.
Accepted manuscript (or post-print)
The author's final version, responding to peer reviewer comments, but before the publisher's final copyediting, typesetting and formatting.
Deposit this for possible Green OA
Many publishers allow the accepted manuscript to be Green OA in DRO. Deposit in Word or PDF format (without comments or track changes).
An early publisher version that may appear on the publisher's website before the final version. Typically includes the publisher's copyediting, fonts, typesetting, and formatting, but without final pagination.
Published version (or publisher's PDF)
The final version available on the publisher's website. Also called the version of record (VoR).
Deposit this for possible Green or Gold OA
Some publishers allow Green OA deposit of the published version. If the research was published Gold OA, DRO will link to the OA version.
Articles, reviews, and similar content published in academic journals can often be made Green OA. Most journals allow the accepted manuscript to be made OA in DRO.
There are also a many OA journals and 'hybrid' journals publishing Gold OA content, which can be deposited in DRO.
You can check a journal's open access and deposit policies using the SHERPA/RoMEO database.
Books follow a different publishing model to journals and seldom allow Green OA in DRO. Some book publishers permit authors to pay a fee to make their work Gold OA. Books are only made OA in DRO if the entire book was published Gold OA and carries express permission for reuse, such as a Creative Commons licence.
Some publishers permit deposit of a single chapter of a book in DRO, where it can be Green OA after an embargo period. This will be either the accepted manuscript or the published version, depending on the publisher's policies. As with books, some publishers permit authors to pay a fee to make a chapter Gold OA.
In most cases, the creator(s) will own copyright in works of an artistic nature. By default, DRO does not make these works open access to avoid impinging on potential revenue for the creator(s). If you would like your work to be OA in DRO, please contact DRO Support.
Whether creative writing can be made OA will depend on who owns copyright and the nature of the original publishing agreement. Creative writing is not made OA in DRO by default, but if you would like your work made OA, contact DRO Support.
Reports may be made OA depending on who owns the copyright. DRO has permission to republish reports from some organisations. If the report is publicly available online, the DRO record will link to the online copy. If it is not available elsewhere, DRO will likely be unable to make it available.
Non-traditional research outputs (NTROs) resulting from ARC grants are subject to the same open access requirements as traditional research outputs. They must be made openly accessible within 12 months of publication or presentation. See our ARC Open Access Policy page for more information, or contact DRO Support.