The Gold Road means that scholarly journal articles/scholarly works are freely accessible online immediately after the quality assurance process (peer review, editorial review) in open access journals or monographs.
The Green Road means depositing a copy of a previously published work/peer-reviewed article in an open access institutional or disciplinary repository.
If possible, researchers should make digital full texts of their publications available in open access. The following procedure is recommended:
Many uncertainities exist regarding publishing agreements. If in doubt, always ask permission from the original publisher of the work. If you need assistance, please the Document Server Editorial Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Informationsplattform Open Access provides extensive information on copy right and open access issues.
SHERPA/Romeo online resource provides an overview on self-archiving and copyright policies of individual publishers.
The SHERPA/RoMEO is supplemented by the SHERPA/JULIET database listing research funders` open access policies (e.g. German Research Foundation (DFG)).