Depending on the publisher and whether or not you have used the SPARC addendum, you can often self-archive your publications. Physicists have been doing this for decades with ArXiv, depositing preprints even before the articles have been published.
The ACS, the RSC, the Chinese Chemical Society, the Chemical Society of Japan, and the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh) have recently collaborated to create ChemRxiv as preprint server for chemistry. If you want to see the power of preprints and open access, check out these stats; as of March 2020 there were about 4500 preprints in the system but there were 4.4 million views and 1.5 million downloads!
ChemRxiv is designed to all allow you to upload a preprint and then use the platform to submit it to the various journals directly. This gets your paper visibility immediately and streamlines the submission system.
Before archiving papers, you need to know if the specific journal allows you to archive the preprint, postprint (final version before published version) or even the final pdf. SHERPA/RoMEO is a website that has collected the policies from many journals and publishers and is a quick way to determine what your rights are. The info still needs to be double checked against the individual publications website as policies change.
A number of science publishers have formalized this system:
Articles may be deposited into repositories on acceptance, but access to the article is subject to the embargo period.
The version posted must include the following notice on the first page:
This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: [FULL CITE], which has been published in final form at [Link to final article using the DOI]. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving."
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