Q. What does it mean when a journal has an embargo?


When a journal has an embargo, it means that the publisher does not allow full-text access to the most recent content through an electronic library database subscription. Embargo periods vary, but are typically 6 months or a year. Publishers do this to try to encourage people to subscribe directly to their publications, and to try to sell more print copies prior to making the full text available online.

You may determine if a journal has an embargo within the NCU Library by using the Find a Resource tool on the home page, or linked under Research Resources. The results screen will tell you if the Library subscribes to the journal, what years the Library subscribes to, and in which database(s) the full text is contained. An embargoed title will show date coverage up to a certain time period, as shown below. Again, typically that period is to one year ago.

It may still be possible to obtain the article through an Interlibrary Loan request, as some lending libraries may subscribe directly to the content. For additional details and instructions on submitting free Interlibrary Loan article requests, please see our ILL Article FAQ.

  • Last Updated Mar 06, 2017
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