Before posting your scholarly product for Open Access, or any version of it, you will need to check which and whether any permissions to do so have been granted by the publisher. Very often for scholarly articles, the work of finding those permissions has been done up-front by the website SHERPA/RoMEO. The journal you published your article in, however, may not be indexed there. In that case, you need to contact the journal or its publisher. You bear the responsibility of ascertaining the permissions of the publisher and adhering to their instructions for posting your scholarly work. If your journal is indexed SHERPA/RoMEO, the following walk-through of the website will help you to answer the following:
Enter the title of the journal and search.
In most cases, one journal exists for the title you enter. In some cases, however, different journals have the same title, and you may have to pick through the results to find the right one. If you have the ISSN already, search by it instead.
Identify Open Access permissions for your journal by the RoMEO color code
Refer to the actual permissions for that color
It is critical to understand the permission terms “publisher’s version,” “pre-print” and “post-print.” “pre-print” is to be understood as the article version before peer-review, while “post-print” is the version after peer-review. Furthermore “post-print” is to be distinguished from “publisher’s version” which features the publisher’s layout, typesetting, and formatting. Click on “More on colours and restrictions” for more detailed information and definitions.
Permissions specific to each version are marked by green checkmarks and red crosses.
Follow General Conditions for posting article version(s). Give attention to references to publisher policies that require further conditions for posting.
In our example, the publisher requires that specific statements accompany article versions. They are to be found on the policy website of the publisher. You can include those statements in the Comments field when you upload your work for review.