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Answered By: Jean Reese
Last Updated: Dec 20, 2016     Views: 15

An embargo in academic publishing means a publisher of the journal restricts access to the full-text of articles in the most recent issues.  For the most part, embargoes are in effect for 12 months, but it could be longer, sometimes up to 18 months.

Embargoes are imposed to protect the publisher's print subscription base. When embargoes are placed, you will still be able to read a brief summary of the article.

 When full-text is unavailable due to an embargo, MTSU, students faculty, and staff may request the article on Interlibrary Loan. 

To tell if a journal may have an embargo, check Journal Locator.  Look for a statement that says something like "to 1 year ago." This may mean an embargo is the reason for full-text not being available. 

For a more detailed explanation, check the links below to learn more about embargoes. 

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