Based in the Centre for Research Communications at the University of Nottingham, and funded by Jisc, SHERPA services provide some useful online tools to help researchers find the information they need to publish their work open access. Currently, SHERPA services are:
SHERPA RoMEO – use this online search tool to find a publisher’s policy on copyright and self-archiving. You can use the simple search and find by either Journal Title/ISSN or by the publisher name. There’s also an advanced search which contains more options for the Journal and Publisher searches and there’s also a drop-down list where you can narrow your results by country and funding body. Results will be summaries of the permissions that are normally given in each publisher’s copyright transfer agreement.
SHERPA/JULIET – using this online search tool you can find out research funders open access policies. The simple search is by the funder’s name or country. There’s also an advanced search in which you can add the following Funder’s Open Access Requirements to your search: Open access publication, OA archiving of publications and Data archiving.
SHERPA/FACT – with this online search tool, researchers can find out if the journal they want to publish in complies with their funder’s policies on open access. The simple search is by either Journal title or ISSN, and the Funder is selected from a drop-down list. The Advanced search gives more options for searching by Journal title.
SHERPA REF – This is an online tool designed to help researchers find out if their target journal, or a journal they have already published their work in, allows them to meet open access requirements for the next REF.