SHERPA/FACT and SHERPA/RoMEO make the following assumptions where publishers' policies are not explicit or where information is unavailable:
- When an entry states 'can archive', then you can archive in any open access repository, unless stated otherwise, e.g. 'in institutional repositories only'.
- If no licence for archiving is stated, it is presumed that the equivalent rights of a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial (CC-BY-NC) Licence are allowed.
Creative Commons Licences
- The phrase 'a range of creative commons licences is available' is displayed when that range includes both licences that are better and licences that are worse than the funder's specified requirement. Such entries need to be checked on a case by case basis.
Embargos (delays for archiving)
- Where no embargo is stated, articles can be archived at the time of publication or earlier.
Europe PMC/PubMed Central
- The Wellcome Trust considers that if an article can be deposited in Europe PMC/PubMed Central, that it is done so with the licence it requires.
Open Access Journals
- Open Access Journals are identified by inclusion in DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) or by notes in the relevant RoMEO record.
- If a journal is identified as an Open Access Journal, it is considered that it is likely to be compliant, unless we have information to the contrary.
Special Arrangements between Publishers and Funding Agencies
- If a special arrangement exists, FACT will state the existence of this arrangement. However, you may need to check the details to confirm that it is compliant with your funding agency requirements.