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Open Access Self-archiving (green open access)

Self-archiving (green open access)

The UG adopted a green open access policy on 1 January 2017. This means that you are asked to deposit the final author’s version (also known as the accepted manuscript or post-print) of your peer-reviewed articles. The University of Groningen Library will import these publications into Pure and provide you any necessary support. All research outputs registered in Pure appear in the University of Groningen research database.



In most cases, publishers require an embargo period before you can self-archive your publications. The University of Groningen Library will make sure that the publisher’s requirements are observed. Your article will be made publicly accessible after the embargo period has ended.

You can check publishers’ copyright and self-archiving policies via the SHERPA/RoMEO database.

Sharing pre-prints

Sharing pre-prints (draft manuscripts before peer review) is becoming increasingly common. Some of the benefits are:

  • Faster dissemination of research results
  • Providing evidence of your latest achievements (N.B. pre-prints receive a DOI and are linkable)
  • Establishing priority of discovery and getting credit
  • Receiving feedback and enhancing quality


the first draft of the article, prior to peer review.

Final author’s version: the version that follows the peer review process and has been accepted for publication. This version does not include the publisher’s formatting, such as page numbers, volume and issue. Also known as: ‘author’s accepted manuscript’ (AAM) or ‘post-print’.

Publisher’s version: the final PDF of the published article. Also known as: ‘version of record’.

Open access support: openaccess | openaccess

Do you have questions on open access that are specific to your discipline? Contact one of the open access ambassadors at the University's faculties.

Last modified:25 September 2019 3.40 p.m.
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