Answered By: Paul Landers
Last Updated: Aug 10, 2017     Views: 860

An embargo is a delay in online access (usually 3 - 18 months) imposed by the publisher, not by the library, for any of the following reasons:

  • To preserve the value of the advertising in the paper version of the journal
  • To charge premium prices for the newest content
  • To charge subscription fees for the content before it becomes open access

If TTUHSC does not have an embargo-free source for a title, you can purchase an InterLibrary Loan request.

NOTE - In some very rare cases a publisher may not license the content to libraries at all, requiring individual users to make a personal purchase directly from the publisher.

See also: Can the TTUHSC libraries 'lift' an embargo?

See also: What does [epub ahead of print] mean?