To share your publications on social research networks such as ResearchGate and Academia is a very effective way to spread your research. But what are you really allowed to do according to publishers’ copyright policies? The library checks these policies and notify you as a researcher what you can do. The version you are allowed to upload to DiVA is the same version you are allowed to upload to ResearchGate and Academia.
The first thing to do when it comes to archiving and sharing your publications is to always upload them to DiVA, the digital institutional repository of Jönköping University. Regarding journal articles, it is important to remember that it is always the peer reviewed and corrected version of the article manuscript that you should upload (the so-called Author Version or Accepted Manuscript) and never the publisher’s typeset PDF version. The library helps you to register it in DiVA as well as checking up the copyright policies, including embargo periods, and ensures that publication occurs when possible. When there is an embargo period we will set the date when it is allowed to be published, which will be done automatically when the embargo period is due to expire.
In those cases where the embargo period of an article is still in effect, the date when it will be published in DiVA is displayed under the heading Open Access in DiVA in the bibliographic record:
You will be notified by email when the embargo period has run out. And so, when you have an article version that you are allowed to disseminate in accordance to the publisher’s copyright policy we strongly recommend you to also use this version for sharing on ResearchGate, Academia and other similar research networks. As long as there is an embargo period the article has to be requested from the author by anyone who wants to read it. But as soon as the embargo has run out you can upload the permitted version instead. By doing this you ensure that you are following the copyright policy rules.
Articles in open access journals can, of course, be shared immediately.