Self-archiving means that you as the author of a scientific article provide your work to a digital archive once the rights have been cleared with your co-authors. Depending on the agreement you have signed with your publisher, the self-archived publication may be be openly available on the Internet. NTNU's IPR policy point 8 - Openness, publication and confidentiality - emphasizes that researchers should select open publication channels whenever possible.

Scientific articles published by commercial publishing houses and academic journals often involve the transfer of copyright. Many publishers will still allow you to self-archive post-print and or preprints of articles. Few publishers allow you to self-archive the publisher's PDF version of the article. You can determine what rights you have in the Sherpa / Romeo database, which includes both foreign and Norwegian magazines and publishing houses, or you can look for information on author's rights on the publishers and journals' own websites.

Once you have registered a scientific publication in Cristin, you can make a choice from the menu on the bottom of the page to provide a full-text version of the document. At NTNU, selecting this choice means that the document will be made available in DiVA , which means it can be found and catalogued by Google and Google Scholar.
Publishing Agreements and self-archiving

When you sign a publishing contract, you as the author should make certain that you retain the right to self-archive your work. Many publishers have already provided authors these rights in their standard contract. If the publisher's standard agreement does not provide this right, you can use NTNU's proposals (in Norwegian) as a basis for an agreement on self-archiving.  You can also use the "author addendum" from SPARC (Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition) for English language suggestions for agreements. If you write about the article / publication in the online form, you get a completed agreement text in return.

Pre-print: scientific paper before it is sent to peer review. This version can be revised after peer review.
Post-print: the final version of a scientific article, with any comments from reviewers/experts (final draft post-refereeing).
Self-archiving: the submission of an article in full text in institutional repository, such as DiVA.
Embargo: a time period established by the publisher that details how long you must wait to make the article available in a repository