Fact OA support Romeo

v2.Sherpa Romeo and v2.Sherpa Fact now available for public testing

The Jisc open access team are delighted to announce the release of test versions of two of our established policy compliance services, Sherpa Romeo ( and Sherpa Fact ( 

We have reviewed and upgraded both services to improve the user experience, helping you manage open access policies and demonstrate compliance with different funder and publisher requirements.

Sherpa Romeo

Sherpa Romeo gives a summary of publishers’ open access archiving and publishing conditions for individual journals. 

The enhanced version of Romeo now has a completely upgraded underlying data model and provides users with an improved layout, with individual sections for each article version. This provides users with a clear and accessible layout, with individual sections for each article version. This makes it easier to understand a journal’s open access policy across each version. 

Listening to users’ feedback, we have retired the original Romeo colours to avoid over-complication.  

Further, changes include:  

  • Updated terminology for article versions based on recommendations by the VERSIONS Project
  • Updated inclusion criteria after carrying out research of the best practice in the sector 
  • The addition of policy information for paid open access routes in addition to those for self-archiving  
  • Information on whether a publisher automatically deposits, on behalf of the authors, an article in repositories such as PubMed Central 

For further information about the re-development of Romeo, please see the following presentations delivered by the team at Open Repositories 2019:


Sherpa Fact 

Sherpa Fact checks if compliance with funder open access policies can be achieved through a particular journal. 

We have upgraded Fact’s user interface to align with the enhanced interfaces for the other Sherpa services; Romeo, Juliet and OpenDOAR 

The service interprets data from Romeo which holds open access policies from over 30,000 journals, and funder data from Juliet. The service covers seven UKRI Research Councils, the Wellcome Trust and the Charity Open Access Fund (COAF). 

Fact uses the DOAJ to determine whether a journal is open access. DOAJ has established standards and best practices for open access journal publishers and is a recognised, reliable source for such information. 

The improvements to the Romeo data model mean that we are now able to provide more sophisticated processing of the funder and publisher policies, enabling us to provide users with a more specific recommendation. This development will enable us to roll out compliance services as required for other funding agencies. 

What’s next?  

  • Try out our new sites and let us know what you think, using our contact forms, feedback survey or via email to  
  • The feedback survey can be found in the orange banner near the top of every page.
  • If you are currently using the Romeo API and haven’t already done so, you will need to register for a new API here:

The public test releases of both services will be available until 9th April 2020.

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