Two-point checklist about self-archiving for University of Helsinki researchers

Does self-archiving of research articles seem difficult or laborious? It’s not. Basically, there is only two things you need to remember about self-archiving at the University of Helsinki (if you want to choose the easiest way). This is the sixth part of Think Open blog’s article series on self-archiving.

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Text and picture: Markku Roinila & Juuso Ala-Kyyny

In the third part of our article series, we introduced the ”four small steps” to self-archive an article in Helda repository. And naturally, practical self-archiving skills are part of the basic skills of open access publishing and responsible research, and it’s good to know how and why to do it.

However, at the University of Helsinki two small steps are enough to meet the minimum requirements for self-archiving. These are the steps that only a researcher can take.

1. Save the post-print version of your article.

Post-print is a manuscript revised on the basis of peer review and accepted for publishing. Basically, the post-print has the same content as the published version but without final layout, e.g. page numbers and publisher’s logo (read more about article versions). Most publishers accept post-print for self-archiving.

2. Send the post-print article to openaccess@helsinki.fi.

… and inform us about the publishing channel as well. Through the openaccess@helsinki.fi service address, the article reaches the library’s experts, who verify the version and publication rights – and deposit the article in the Helda digital repository. The library will also check if the publisher’s article version can be deposited – if so, it will be deposited instead of post-print.


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