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Open access and author rights

Author republication rights

Renaissance Quarterly authors are not required to seek permission to republish the content of their article on a non-exclusive basis in any subsequent, derivative work of which they are to be the author, co-author or editor. The only condition in these case is that they include a full acknowledgement of the original publication, together with the copyright notice.

Sharing the final published version (Version of Record)

We encourage authors to use, refer or link to the final, definitive version of their article on the publisher’s website wherever and whenever possible. Authors do have the option to post a seperate copy of the published PDF on their personal, departmental or institutional website, but this is a subject to an embargo period of 12 months and does not extend to posting on social media or article-sharing platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or ResearchGate. The alternative sharing option we encourage is for authors to post a link to a freely accessible version of the final PDF on the publisher’s website. Unlike posting a copy of the PDF, this can be done by all authors from the first day of publication and there are no restrictions governing where or how the links can be shared. Free access links can be easily generated by visiting the article abstract page on Cambridge Core and clicking on the ‘Shareable link’ button that appears immediately below the abstract. For more information, visit Cambridge Core Share.

“Gold” Open Access

Renaissance Quarterly allows authors to publish articles on a Gold Open Access model under a Creative Commons license. Authors at institutions with "Read and Publish" agreements (see the current list here) can choose Gold OA publication free of charge. Gold OA publication is also available on payment of an Article Processing Charge (APC) by the author or their funder. For more information on Gold Open Access at Cambridge University Press, consult these frequently asked questions.

“Green” Open Access

Funders and other institutions are increasingly adopting policies that require research articles funded by them to be deposited and made freely available in institutional or other repositories. These policies vary in regard to which version of an article can or should be deposited, so we have set out in "Table 1" below the deposition rights extended to Renaissance Quarterly authors in respect to each potential version.

Table 1. Green OA self-archiving or deposition rights for Renaissance Quarterly authors

Digital versionPersonal webpage of Contributor
Department/Institutional Repository
Non-Commercial Subject RepositoryCommerical Repository / Social Media Sites
Submitted ManuscriptAny timeAny timeAny timeAny time
Accepted ManuscriptOn acceptanceOn acceptanceOn acceptanceAbstract only + link to Version of Record
Version of Record (final PDF)12 months after publication12 months after publicationAbstract only + link to Version of Record
Abstract only + link to Version of Record

Repositories hosting Green OA articles are able to make the articles freely available to their end-users after any applicable embargo (shown in the table above). Articles may be deposited before the embargo ends, and metadata about the article may be publicly shared immediately. End-users may not themselves redistribute or create derivate versions of the deposited work.

We require repositories to include:

  • If an article has not yet been published, a clear statement that the material has been accepted for publication in a revised form, with a link to the journal’s site on
  • For all published articles, a link to the article’s Version of Record in – for example, via a DOI-based link.
  • A clear statement that end-users may view and download the material for private research and study only.

An example statement to accompany the article is:

"This article has been published in a revised form in Renaissance Quarterly []. This version is free to view and download for private research and study only. Not for re-distribution, re-sale or use in derivative works. © Renaissance Society of America"

Third-party copyrighted material

Please note that the author rights described here are concerned only with content for which the Renaissance Society of America holds copyright. If an author has included third-party copyrighted material in their article, for which permission was granted, they are advised to check the conditions of that permission for any restrictions that might apply to further use of the material. 

Further information

For further information we encourage authors to refer to their copyright assignment agreement; to visit the Cambridge University Press "Green" Open Access policy pages; or contact