There are a lot of good reasons to archive your works. You’re proud of them; you want them to be permanently available. You may want others to be able to access your writings free of charge. Or perhaps you know that open-access works tend to be cited more often, and can have higher “impact factors.” Whatever your reasons, you decide that you want to archive.
The moment of truth is when you sign the copyright transfer agreement with the publisher.
If your publisher doesn’t usually let its authors do what you want to do, you can ask the publisher to allow you to modify the copyright agreement. The OSU Libraries encourage authors to use the SPARC Author Addendum to Publication Agreement, which supports archiving in non-commercial repositories and permits subsequent non-commercial use of the work.
Contact Janet Webster for more information.