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Self-Archiving in Digital Commons

The purpose of DigitalCommons@UMaine is to provide long-term access to the scholarly and creative output of University of Maine faculty and staff. Consult this suite of tutorial pages to learn how to archive your work.

Sherpa Services

Sherpa Romeo aggregates and analyses publisher open access policies from around the world and provides summaries of publisher copyright and open access archiving policies on a journal-by-journal basis.

Sherpa Juliet permits  researchers and librarians to see funders' conditions for open access publication. 

Sherpa Fact provides clear guidance to researchers on whether a journal complies with a funder's open access policies.

OpenDOAR is the quality-assured, global Directory of Open Access Repositories. You can search and browse through thousands of registered repositories based on a range of features, such as location, software or type of material held.

Mandatory Archiving

To maximize dissemination of grant-funded research, an increasing number of agencies mandate that peer-reviewed research products be made freely available to the public by the earliest possible date. To help researchers achieve this goal, Fogler Library oversees management of the University of Maine’s green open access institutional repository, DigitalCommons@UMaine

Similarly, funding organizations are requiring grant recipients to archive research data sets in appropriate public archives to facilitate results validation and support work by other researchers.  Digital Commons supports most digital file types up to 2GB in size. 

For assistance with Data Management resources available to UMaine researchers contact Subject Specialist Jen Bonnet, 207.581.3611,, with your questions. 

Federal Legislation

In August 2022, the White House took measures to ensure "free, immediate, and equitable access to federally-funded research." See the Office Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) memorandum.

Sherpa Fact provides clear guidance to researchers on whether a journal complies with a funder's open access policies.


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