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Open Access Instructions for Faculty
STEP #1: Many publishers allow authors the right to submit an article to an institutional open-access repository. Check your publication agreement, or consult SHERPA/ROMEO to determine whether your journal automatically allows its authors to submit articles to repositories such as Amherst's.
- If it DOES, skip to STEP #4.
[Note: Please read the full entry for your journal on the SHERPA/ROMEO website; do not rely solely on the color classification system, since many journals have complex systems of restrictions and limited allowances.]
- If it does NOT, continue to STEP #2.
STEP #2: Consider petitioning your publisher for an exception to its policy. Either call your editor or simply attach a SPARC Author's Addendum to your contract.
- If the journal APPROVES your petition, skip to STEP #4.
- If the journal REFUSES your petition, continue to STEP #3.
STEP #3: You've reached this step if (a) you chose not to petition your journal or (b) your journal declined your petition. To publish with the journal anyway, simply invoke a waiver to Amherst's policy by sending the following email to Library Digital Programs.
To: Dean Catherine Epstein, c/o Library Digital Programs
From: [Your Name]
Re: Waiver for Journal Article
I request a waiver to Amherst College's open access policy for the following article: [Full Citation].
You've now fulfilled your obligations under the faculty's open access resolution. You do not need to complete STEP #4.
STEP #4: Submit your article by sending the article and citation via email to Library Digital Programs.
You are done!