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Open Access Policies

Wolters Kluwer offers peer-reviewed open access publishing options to meet the needs of authors and maximize article visibility. Options include hybrid open access models across a number of journal publications as well as fully open access titles.

Wolters Kluwer open access publishing offers authors, institutions, research funding agencies, and others high-quality publishing services including:

Compliance with HHMI, NIH, and Wellcome Trust Public Access Policies

A number of research funding agencies now require or request authors to submit the post-print version of their article (the version after peer review and acceptance but not the final published article) to a repository that is accessible online free of charge. As a service to our authors, Wolters Kluwer identifies the National Library of Medicine (NLM) articles that require deposit and transmits the post-print of an article based on research funded in whole or in part by the National Institutes of Health, Wellcome Trust, or Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) to PubMed Central. Wolters Kluwer ensures that authors fully comply with the public access requirements of major funding bodies worldwide. Additionally, all authors who choose the open access option will have their final published article deposited in PubMed Central immediately upon publication.

Compliance with Funder-Mandated Open Access Policies

Research Councils UK

The Research Councils UK (RCUK) has established mandatory policies for open access to research publications. Wolters Kluwer offers options that allow RCUK-funded authors to comply with these policies. Authors may choose to comply with RCUK policies through either gold or green OA:

Gold Route. RCUK-funded authors can choose to publish their paper open access with the payment of an article processing charge. Articles will be made available under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) License and the final versions of the articles will be deposited in PubMed Central upon publication.

Green Route. If a Wolters Kluwer journal does not offer an open access option or if authors do not have funding available, they may make their papers available in an open access repository under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution – Non-Commercial (CCBY- NC) license after an embargo period. Under these terms, authors will not authorize the display of the final peer-reviewed manuscript prior to 12 months following publication of the final article if the journal offers an open access option or 6 months following publication if the journal does not offer open access.

More information is available on RCUK’s open access policy page:
http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/research/outputs/.

Wellcome Trust

The Wellcome Trust requires electronic copies of any research papers that have been accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal, and are supported in whole or in part by Wellcome Trust funding, to be made available through PubMed Central  and Europe PubMed Central  as soon as possible and in any event within six months of the journal publisher’s official date of final publication

Wellcome Trust funded authors can choose to publish their papers open access with the payment of an article processing charge (gold OA). Articles will be made available under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license and the final version of the article will be deposited to PubMed Central on publication.

If an author does not choose the gold OA option or if a journal does not offer such an option, Wolters Kluwer will deposit the post-print version (the version after peer review and acceptance but not the final published article) in PubMed Central. The post-print version will be made available 6 months after the publication of the final version of the article.

More information is available on the Wellcome Trust’s open access policy page: http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/About-us/Policy/Policy-and-position-statements/WTD002766.htm.

Austrian Science Fund (FWF)

The Austrian Science Fund (FWF) has established mandatory policies for open access to research publications. Wolters Kluwer offers options which allow FWF-funded authors to comply with these policies. Authors may choose to comply with FWF policies by either gold or green open access:

Gold Route. FWF funded authors can choose to publish their paper open access with the payment of an article processing charge. Articles will be made available under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license and the final version of the article will be deposited in PubMed Central upon publication.

Green Route. If a Wolters Kluwer journal does not offer an open access option or if authors do not have funding available, they may make their papers available in an open access repository under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial (CC BY-NC) license after an embargo period. Under these terms, the author will not authorize the display of the final peer-reviewed manuscript prior to 12 months following publication of the final article.

More information is available on FWF’s open access policy page: http://www.fwf.ac.at/en/public_relations/oai/index.html.

World Health Organization (WHO)

The World Health Organization has established an open access policy (http://www.who.int/about/policy/en/) for its employees and grantees. Wolters Kluwer offers options that allow WHO-funded authors to comply with WHO policies via the gold route with the payment of an article processing charge.

WHO Employees. Open access articles will be made available under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY IGO) license, and the final version of the article will be deposited in PubMed Central upon publication.

WHO Grantees. Open access articles will be made available under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license, and the final version of the article will be deposited in PubMed Central upon publication.

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