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The policy allows authors to respect embargo periods set by publishers of: up to 12 months for Main Panels A and B; or 24 months for Main Panels C and D.  Outputs that are under embargo at the submission deadline are compliant with the policy requirements (provided that the embargo lenghts are within the policy requirements).

The required timing of compliance with the access requirements depends on whether an embargo period is specified.

The policy allows authors to respect embargo periods set by publishers, within specified maximum periods.  Where a publisher specifies an embargo period, an output will be compliant with the policy requirements where it is deposited as a 'closed' deposit.  Closed deposits must meet the deposit and discovery requirements (unless an exception applies).  The full text should be available to read and download after the embargo period has elapsed.

The routes to determine the timing of compliance with the access requirements are set out below:

a. Route 1: For outputs deposited with no or 'zero' embargo.* Where the output has no or 'zero' embargo period it must meet the access requirements as soon as possible and no later than one month after deposit.

b. Route 2: For outputs deposited under embargo. Where the output is deposited under embargo, it must meet the access requirements as soon as possible and no later than one month after the end of the embargo period.  The embargo period typically begins at the point of first publication (including 'early online' publication).

Embargo periods should not exceed the following maxima:

a. 12 months for Main Panel A and Main Panel B.

b. 24 months for Main Panel C and Main Panel D.

Interdisciplinary research outputs returned in a UoA Main Panel A or B that span boundaries with a UoA in Main Panel C or D may respect the longer of the two embargo periods.  The interdisciplinary identifier should be applied for these outputs.

 

* It is advised that where a publisher specifies no embargo but requires the accepted manuscript to not be made available until after the 'Version of Record' is published, these outputs are considered to fall under Route 2.