Answered By: Harry L. Whitlock II Last Updated: Nov 16, 2015 Views: 38
An embargo in academic publishing is an event where "A publisher may occasionally suppress the availability of its full text articles in online databases until the peak time for publication print sales has passed." (1) In other words, the article is not available to people or institutions without a subscription.
The impact to patrons of the UW Libraries when an embargo occurs varies. Often through the use of interlibrary loan (ILL), UW patrons can obtain a copy of the article in a reasonably short amount of time. However, if there are very few libraries that partner with UW, or if the publisher has placed additional restrictions on the work it may not be available at all.
Within the academic databases that UW subscribes to, an embargoed article may be listed in search results. Look for labels that read "Citation Only." This indicates that the article is not available. If there is a label that reads "Full-Text," that means the article is available.
(1) "What are Publication Embargoes." EBSCO Publishing, May 2014. Accessed 16 Nov. 2015. http://support.ebscohost.com/knowledge_base/detail.php?id=866
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