Can I post a copy of my paper in multiple repositories?

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asked Aug 5, 2015 in Open Science by HDE 226868 (320 points)

Let's say that I would like to make a paper of mine known, and I would like to do so by putting it in multiple places, so that more people can see it and build off it. I would like to submit it to Repository A and Repository B, both of which use the same license for the paper.

Can I do this, publishing the same work in multiple places?



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answered Aug 5, 2015 by Gavin Simpson (720 points)
 
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Yes, if the licence allows re-distribution then yes you could put the paper in the several repositories as long as the licence under which the paper is made available there is compliant with the original licence.

One caveat; you generally shouldn't be publishing the paper initially or originally in two separate places. This is the Ingelfinger Rule. (Preprints are an exception to this of course.) Any additional locations you put the paper will likely at a minimum have to refer to the original place of publication, the version of record.

There are reasons you might wish to link to the original version rather than post copies. For example, having consolidated download statistics or other metrics is hard if there are multiple copies floating around.



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