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  1. Mar 17, 2017 #1
    I've just published my first article through Elsevier. Very pleased as its a review and had a good response.

    Anyway, I also have a Researchgate account. What is the situation for me uploading my published research to Researchgate so people can read it for free?

    I've noticed several popular authors who are experts in the field often upload their work to their own website so people can download it for free.

    What's the best way to go about this?

    Thanks in advance!
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    What does your publishing agreement with Elsevier allow you to do, in regards to digital distribution?
  4. Mar 18, 2017 #3
    hmm, didnt know there was such a thing. I looked it up and it says sharing for academic purposes is okay so I guess it's fine on researchgate!

    thanks for the point in the right direction!
  5. Mar 18, 2017 #4


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    You should submit it to arXiv if it is allowed (I think it is for most journals but I've never had experience with Elsevier).
  6. Mar 18, 2017 #5
    arXiv is my first choice for reliable hosting and wide availability.

    More people who cite my work found it on arXiv than in the original journals.

    Also, I get more news reports and inquiries on papers after I post to arXiv than after they are published in the journals.
  7. Mar 18, 2017 #6

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    Congratulation on getting published! My stuff ends up on Researchgate automatically... even all the book reviews. As far as I know, you are free to put PDFs of your own (peer-reviewed, published, etc) work online if you are not trying to profit from it- 'fair use' and all that One important exception (AFAIK) is if the work is 'embargoed' by the Journal.
  8. Mar 20, 2017 #7


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    Note that whereas most journals (all?) are OK with you uploading your manuscript (pre-print) to e.g. the arXiv, not all of them are OK with you uploading the published version. That is, they don't want you "using" the work they've put into e.g. formatting and editing the article. This is especially true if the journal has e.g. edited or created illustrations (although this generally only happens if you publish in Nature or Science) where they obviously retain copyright,.

    Hence, the rule of the thumb is that it is OK to share the version you submitted to the journal; but not the version that was eventually published.
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