Country Statistics for SHERPA/RoMEO

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SHERPA Services is pleased to announce that it has added a ‘country’ field to its database of publishers’ copyright and self-archiving policies. This has enabled us to generate a statistical table of the number of RoMEO-listed publishers by country and continent:

‘Country’ has also been added to the Advanced Search options for publishers:

and as a query option for the Application Programmers’ Interface (API):

The apparent imbalance in the distribution of RoMEO-listed publishers by country reflects two things:

1. It reflects the focus of RoMEO on the journals with the highest impact, as indicated by Thomson Reuters’ ‘Web of Knowledge’, which are mostly published in the United States and Europe.

2. The proportionately higher numbers for some countries, notably Portugal and Norway, reflect the effort that our partners in these countries have put into adding their country’s publishers to RoMEO.

We hope that users will find this extra information useful.

Peter Millington & Jane Smith

Access Keys Available for SHERPA/RoMEO API V.2.9

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When we announced the new SHERPA/RoMEO API Version 2.9 at the end of August, we mentioned that we would be introducing API Access Keys. You can now register for API Keys, which offer the following benefits for V.2.9 users:

  • Registered applications can exceed the limit of 500 requests per day.
  • Registered users receive advance notice of planned changes to the API.
  • API usage statistics for the key are available on request.

You can register for a free API Key at:

It only takes a moment, and once you have received your key, you just add it to the API request as an argument, e.g.

where &ak=Iq83AIL5bss is the argument specifying the API key.

Should you need it, a presentation about the registration process is available at:

To convert an existing application to V.2.9, all you need to do is change the filename in the URL – e.g. from api24.php to api29.php – and add your API key. You may also then wish to modify your application further, perhaps at a later date, to exploit the new features of Version 2.9. These are documented at:

The main benefits of V.2.9 are the option to return separate permission data for the publisher’s version/PDF of articles, and the ability to return data in foreign languages.


RoMEO and JULIET Updates for September

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New publishers:
• Actuarial Society of South Africa – Blue [8/9/11]
• Cancer Research UK [28/9/11] – White
• Council of the KwaZulu-Natal Museum – White [6/9/11]
• CSSALL Publishers– White [8/9/11]
• GERFLINT (White) [22/9/11]
• International Institute for Religious Freedom – Green – 6/9/11
• Mycotaxon – White [8/9/11]
• Radcliffe Medical Press (White) [23/9/11]
• Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Institut Mittag-Leffler – Blue [30/9/11]
• University of Arizona [30/9/11] – Green
• University of British Columbia Law Review Society – Green [16/9/11]

Total publishers: 1010 [30/9/11]
Total added in September: 10

Updated entries:

• American Academy of Pediatrics – Policy URL [1/9/11]
• American Dental Education Association – Policy Change, policy URL [1/9/11]
• American Podiatric Medical Association – Policy URL [2/9/11]
• American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science – Policy URL [1/9/11]
• American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers – Policy URL [1/9/11]
• Anton Melik Geographical Institute – removed defunct policy URL [1/9/11]
• Association for Global Business – Main URL [1/9/11]
• Athabasca University Press – individual exception added [8/9/11]
• British Editorial Society of Bone and Joint Surgery [22/9/11] – authors post-print now allowed
• English Folk Dance and Song Society – Policy URL [1/9/11]
• Entomological Society of Canada (La Société D’Entomologie du Canada) – removed duplicate statement [22/9/11]
• European Society of Endocrinology – Paid OA and Main URL [1/9/11]
• IGI Global – clarification of policy [23/9/11]
• Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology – Pre-print Policy [6/9/11]
• Karger – PDF use on fee paid [29/9/11]
• Monash University Press – main url [22/9/11]
• Nature Publishing Group – statement about paid options availability, extended to cover ‘several’ titles [23/9/11]
• Portland Press – 12m no longer applies [29/9/11]
• Royal Meteorological Society [23/9/11] – 3 year embargo and pre-print now allowed
• Society of Exploration Geophysicists – Main and Policy URL [1/9/11]
• SpringerOpen- Policy and Policy URL [2/9/11]
• UBC Press – clarification of statements [22/9/11]

Policies Updated
• EPSRC policy [30/9/11]
• STFC Data Policy [30/9/11]


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