MSP is a no-embargo green open access publisher. We accept submissions of work that is available on open archives in preprint form. We allow authors to deposit the last version of their manuscript after peer review to the ArXiv or other preprint servers. However, we do ask authors that upon publication they add a DOI link to the preprint archive’s version, directing prospective readers to the published article on the journal’s web site. The refereed, copyedited and published version of the article is, after all, the final “version of record.”
Upon publication, we send all authors a PDF file of their published article (in fact, two files: one for printing and one optimized for on-screen reading). This file is for the author’s own use. We ask authors not to place the PDF file on their home page or open archives. Instead, they should divulge the DOI link to the journal’s copy. We ask authors to remember that, if they were to make a practice of posting the PDF file, there would be no incentive for anyone to subscribe, and the journal could not survive.
Exceptionally, if a prospective reader has no way to download the article from the journal’s web site (that is, if their institution does not subscribe and they cannot afford to buy the article), authors can send them the PDF file.
Many institutions now require or encourage their researchers to deposit published articles in their institutional repositories. MSP cooperates with this requirement by sending authors or librarians, upon demand, a version of the published file suitable for the purpose. We request that you use the final published version and not a preprint or postprint version, which are not considered definitive.
We offer all our authors the option to retain the copyright of their work. However, we must at least retain an exclusive license for the commercial distribution of the work. Further, we strongly recommend that authors provide a full transfer of copyright to MSP. This allows us to protect the work against unauthorized use, but also widely disseminate it by all means available, as we’ll remain easy to find and will readily be offering permission to third parties to republish the work in other media or collections.