SHERPA/RoMEO for Publishers

20th July 2011

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, 5 Southampton Street London

The movement for open access to academic publications is gathering momentum, driven by various issues, including mandates from research funders and authors’ concerns regarding loss of rights. SHERPA/RoMEO is a database of publishers’ policies regarding self-archiving by authors in open access repositories, and related copyright issues. It is used worldwide by repository administrators and academics to check what publishers do and do not allow to be archived. Some publishers also use their RoMEO grade as part of their marketing.

RoMEO endeavours to be as accurate as possible, but some publishers appear to be unclear in their understanding about open access. Also some may present conflicting policy information on their websites, in copyright transfer agreements, and in author guidelines.

This workshop will provide an overview of open access, and summarise the issues for publishers and learned societies. It will also outline the problems faced by RoMEO in gathering policy information, and introduce ways in which RoMEO can help publishers optimise their policies for their chosen business model.


We anticipate lively discussions.


Time Description More info.
09:30 Tea and Coffee on Arrival  
10:00 Introduction – Bill Hubbard, Centre for Research Communication  
10:15 Open Access - Threat or Opportunity for Publishers? – Bill Hubbard, Centre for Research Communication Download
10:45 Introduction to SHERPA/RoMEO and its Significance for Publishers – Azhar Hussain, SHERPA Services Download
11:15 Tea and Coffee  
11:30 RoMEO from a Publisher's Perspective – Mark Simon, Publishing Director, Maney Publishing Download
12:00 RoMEO and Interpreting Publishers' Policies - the Repository administrator's Perspective – Marie Cairney, University of Glasgow Download
12:30 Lunch  
13:30 Unmuddying the waters for RoMEO = Unmuddying the waters for publishers – Jane Smith, SHERPA Services Download
14:00 RoMEO from a Publisher's Perspective – Emily Hall, Emerald Group Publishing Limited Download
14:30 A RoMEO Policy Generation Tool for Publishers Services – Peter Millington, SHERPA Services Download
15:00 Tea and Coffee  
15:30 Breakout session - Is RoMEO helping you? Could it help better? Working with RoMEO  
16:00 Reports from the breakout session Download
16:15 Panel Question and Answer – All Speakers  
16:30 Close  


For further information contact Azhar Hussain, telephone: 01158467235.

Alternatively, email RSP Support or phone 0845 257 6860.