Answered By: Reference Staff
Last Updated: May 01, 2019     Views: 103

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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