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Open Access

Do I Have the Right to Do It?

Unless you have contractually transferred your copyright to an academic publisher by contract, you are the copyright owner of your work and therefore have the right to make it Open Access. When an article is published in a journal or book, authors often sign a copyright transfer agreement, and the publisher's terms and conditions apply. Authors who wish to retain at least some of their rights can use the SPARC Author Addendum. Of course, the publisher must agree to any addendum. 

According to Swiss law (Art. 382 Para 3 of the Code of Obligations), the author may publish the article elsewhere 3 months after its publication, unless there is a contractual agreement to the contrary.

Most toll-access publishers allow self-archiving (green OA road), sometimes after an embargo period.

You can check the policy of each journal on the Sherpa website. OA.Works has created a very handy tool,, which allows authors to automatically and easily check how they can legally share their work.

Publishers generally require the following statement to be added to the text: "This is the Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Publisher Name in Journal Title on First Publication Date, available online at

OA.Works has also developed another tool, called Direct2AAM, to provide authors with instructions on how to find their Author Accepted Manuscript (postprint) in the journal's submission system.

The Geneva Graduate Institute Repository

The Geneva Graduate Institute repository archives the research produced by the Institute. It contains records of all books, book chapters, journal articles and working papers written by the professors and researchers of the Geneva Graduate Institute . Records of journal articles or papers may be accompanied by a full-text PDF file, to which access may be open or restricted, depending on the statute of the file. If necessary, an embargo period can be set. The repository is registered in OpenDOAR, the Directory of Open Access Repositories, and allows the researchers of the Geneva Graduate Institute to meet the Open Access requirements of their funders.