If you are aiming at an academic career and in this context need to produce a publisher’s publication you should plan your publication project well in advance. The publishing contract with the Electronic Text Center (ETC) grants authors the right of a post-print online publication. For this digital second publication, however, the written consent of the original publisher is needed.
Publishers who accept this process can be found in the Sherpa/Romeo list. The information given in this list may not be up-to-date and is legally not binding. The right for open-access publication has to be stated explicitly in your publication contract with your publisher. This applies to original publications as well as self-archived copies via the ETC after an embargo period.
If open-access publication is not allowed there is the option between a quick publication via the ETC free of charge or a publisher’s publication which may take more time and expense.
Academic publishers increasingly include the right of open-access into their agreements. For this usually article processing charges (APC) have to be paid.
For subsequent self-archived copies via the ETC please note:
If your publication has been printed before 1995 the release of a self-archived copy via the ETC is possible without any agreement or written consent of the original publisher.
If your publication dates from 1995 or more recently, the ETC will assist you with any legal questions or renegotiations with the publisher.