Green open access
At the Royal Society of Chemistry, publishing green open access means that your peer reviewed, accepted manuscript may be made freely available via an institutional or discipline-specific repository after a twelve-month embargo period. However, your published work can still be shared and viewed within this period if a reader has a subscription.
What is an embargo period?
An embargo is a period of time when access to published content is temporarily restricted. If you choose to publish an article green open access, we require an embargo before you make your article freely accessible.
At the Royal Society of Chemistry, our standard licence requires an embargo period of twelve months.
During the embargo period:
- your article's version of record is published in one of our journals, where it is available to subscribers
- restrictions apply to how you may distribute other versions of your article
What happens after the embargo period?
Once the embargo period has passed, your article's version of record remains available to subscribers in the journal where it was published. You may freely distribute the accepted manuscript of your article through your personal website, not-for-profit repositories, and many scholarly communication networks.
How to share your research open access.
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