By depositing in UoTIR or in a disciplinary repository you can increase the discoverability of your research and participate in Open Access without changing your publishing practices. Most major publishers permit some form of archiving.
If you negotiate your rights as an author and deposit your work in the UoTIR, you can:
Pre-print: The version of an article submitted to a journal
Post-print: The version accepted for publication. This version is after peer review, but before typesetting. It contains the same content word for word as the publisher's PDF. Most publishers will allow you to archive the post-print.
Publisher’s version/PDF: The final, published version
Every journal has varying copyright and publishing policies. SHERPA/RoMEO is a site where you can easily check these policies. It is important to understand the restrictions and general conditions of the publisher, especially if you are considering archiving in the UT Institutional Repository, so please double check with the publisher before signing an agreement to clear up any confusion.
Important things to check:
* Will the publisher accept pre-prints, post-prints, or the publisher's version to be posted in an open access archive or IR?
* What are the stipulations (if any) for self-archiving or uploading to an IR? For instance, is there an embargo, or period of time before you can share your work openly?
SHERPA/RoMEO categorizes each archiving policy with a different color (click to expand)