Recently I had a paper accepted by a major journal in discrete mathematics. Now the paper is going through the final stages of publication. The publisher sent me a link in which I have to specify the access policy for the paper. I can choose to either pay a fee (which I won't), and make my paper publicly available from the publisher website, or I can choose to self-archive, and then make my paper publicly available after a period of 24 months of embargo. More precisely, the text for the self-archiving is the following:
I wish to self-archive my accepted author manucript , which is my draft version of the article and which may include any author-incorporated changes from the peer review process. I can post this author manuscript on my institutional or subject-orientated repository immediately for internal use and make it publicly available after a journal specific embargo period has expired.
The problem is that I have already posted the revised version of my paper at arxiv much before receiving this access form from the publisher. So I have some questions concerning this paragraph.
- The paragraph says that I can post the manuscript at a subject-oriented repository immediately for internal use. As mentioned before I already posted it to arxiv, which I think can be considered as a subject-oriented repository. Is that allowed? What do they mean by internal use?
- What do they mean about making the manuscript publicly available after the embargo? I have a link at my homepage pointing to the arxiv page. Is this considered to be publicly available?
- What is the difference between posting it to a repository and making it public?
- Can I get in trouble if they find the link to the paper at my homepage?