Parallel publishing, also called Post-Print Publishing, Self-archiving or Green Open Access, means to make a refereed and published article in a scientific journal, freely available in full text on the Internet by publish a version of the article which is permissible by the publisher/journal in the university institutional repository. The process is also called Open Access Publishing with the different that the article is not publish in an Open Access journal.
Parallel publishing is a model of publishing which meets the new requirements of Open Access publishing from Swedish research agencies and funds, who allows an embargo period of as highest 6 months (12 months in HSS). Studies (see the tab References) shows that the citations of an article increases significantly when parallel publish an article because it is freely available. About 90% (according to www.eprints.org) of traditional commercial publishers allow parallel publishing automatically, without the author needing to ask permission from the publishers.
The journals/publishers usually allow parallel publishing of the accepted version but some journals/publishers also permit publishing the published version of the article. If the journal is Open Access most of them allow parallel publishing of the publisher’s/journal’s original file.
Some commercial journals only allow parallel publishing in the University’s institutional repository after an embargo period, a delayed publishing after the article has been published by the publisher. The embargo period can vary between 6 to 36 months. Many of these publishers allow parallel publishing the article on the researcher’s personal homepage at the University without an embargo. If the article is registered in DiVA (LiU’s publication database) linking is possible to the researcher’s homepage which means the article will be freely available via DiVA. In DiVA full texts with an embargo period, can automatically be made visible after the end of the embargo period.
There are many Open Access journals (At DOAJ is a complete list) but many researchers are still more comfortable by publishing in traditional commercial journals, where the publisher take over the copyright of the article. In order to read an article, published by a commercial publisher, it requires a subscription of the journal. The costs of a subscription are often high, a cost that many worldwide Universities do not have the resources to pay. Parallel publishing is the solution making articles freely available via the Internet.LiU E-Press takes care of the complete publishing process for the researchers. Read more under the tab How to Parallel Publish.