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Publishers with Paid Options for Open Access

SHERPA runs RoMEO as a service to academic authors and repository managers around the world to summarise publishers' policies and copyright transfer agreements relating to open access archiving.

SHERPA has analysed its records to determine which of the 414 publishers listed, provide separate paid options for open access. The results have been mounted as a table on the RoMEO site at:

Publishers' paid open access options, often allow authors to immediately deposit their articles in open access repositories upon payment of a fee. The same publishers may also allow authors to deposit after an embargo period without payment of a fee.

Where a publishers' standard policy does not allow an author to comply with their funding agency's mandate, paid open access options may enable an author to comply.


RoMEO is an online service which allows users to search for publishers' policies on self-archiving. Each entry is broken down into which versions the author may deposit, the location of the deposit and any attached conditions.

RoMEO is seen as an essential resource by many in the Open Access community. RoMEO is funded by JISC and the Wellcome Trust. Journal information is kindly provided by the British Library's Zetoc service hosted by MIMAS.


The award winning SHERPA is based at the University of Nottingham and works on a portfolio of projects related to Open Access and repository development.

SHERPA is a 33 member consortium of research-led universities within the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. SHERPA specialises in promoting and advising on the development of open access repositories. Other services developed by SHERPA include JULIET and OpenDOAR.

RoMEO Administrator

3rd September 2008

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