Sharing your work by self-archiving: encouragement from the Journal of the Medical Library Association

Abigail Goben, Katherine G. Akers


Self-archiving offers opportunities for authors to more broadly disseminate their work—both in pre-print form before its submission to a journal and in post-print form after its acceptance and publication in a journal. This editorial provides authors with guidance in navigating the rapidly changing options for self-archiving and affirms that the Journal of the Medical Library Association encourages authors to self-archive their work to boost its reach and impact.


Publishing; Open Access; Self-Archiving

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