Publisher open access policies
On 1 April 2013 our open access policy was updated to require all Trust-funded research papers that are published under an 'author pays' open access route to be licenced using the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY).
Wellcome Trust-funded authors can continue to seek publication in any journal that has a Wellcome-compliant open access policy, including those which allow authors to self-archive the author manuscript version of their article and make these freely available from PMC/Europe PMC within six months of publication. Authors should archive these papers using the Europe PMC plus manuscript submission system.
To check whether a journal's paid open access option or archive option is compliant with this updated policy, Wellcome Trust-funded authors can use the SHERPA Funders’ and Authors’ Compliance Tool (SHERPA FACT).
Scholarly monographs and book chapters
The Wellcome Trust has extended its open access policy to apply to scholarly monographs and book chapters. The Policy currently applies to holders of grants awarded on or after 1st October 2013, and will come into effect for all grant-holders from October 2014.
Major academic publishers already offering an open access option for scholarly monographs include Palgrave Macmillan, Springer, de Gruyter and Manchester University Press.
We are taking forward discussions with publishers to make them aware of this policy development in order to ensure that compliance with the Trust’s policy does not compromise researchers’ ability to publish with whichever press they feel is most appropriate.
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