The Wellcome Trust open access policy applies to:
All research articles should be published with a CC BY (Creative Commons Attribution) Licence unless an exeption for a CC BY ND (Creative Commons Attribution NoDerivatives) licence has been approved (see Licensing requirements).
You can comply with the policy by publishing in a:
You can use the following to check if your choice of journal offers a compliant open access route:
|Fully open access journals and platforms||Search the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). An Article Processing Charge (APC) is payable. For available funding see Wellcome's open access funding webpage.|
|Subscription journals in City's transformative agreements||Refer to the guide on Open Access Transformative Agreements. You can use this guide to help check which journals are included, and how to use the agreement.|
|Transformative journals||Use the Plan S Journal Checker Tool to find out if the journal is a compliant transformative journal. An article processing charge (APC) is payable. For available funding see Wellcome's open access funding page.|
When publishing gold open access, you must include the submission statement in the acknowledgment secction of your manuscript detailed below in Route 3.
You can comply by publishing in a:
Before submitting your article you can check which publishers will allow immediate open access of the accepted manuscript in repositories with a CC BY licence by the following:
|Publisher websites||You can find permissions for the use of accepted manuscripts in repositories in publishers' 'self archiving' or 'green open access' pages|
|Sherpa Romeo open access policy search tool||Search for the journal title, then select 'Accepted Manuscript' in the publisher policy section|
|Contact the Publications Team||The publications team will be able to help you with information on permitted use of the accepted manuscript|
If the publisher policy does not permit this, you may wish to contact the journal before submitting to find out if they will accept the statement. If they do not, you may have to consider submitting elsewhere.
If the publisher accepts the submission with the statement, but then requests that you sign a contract with different terms and conditions follow these steps:
All articles must be made available open access in Europe PMC (PMC) by the official date of publication to comply with the policy.
All research articles should be published with a CC BY (Creative Commons Attribution) licence, unless a licensing exception has been approved.
All Wellcome funded research articles must include the following statement in all submitted research articles to ensure the accepted manuscript can be made freely available in Europe PubMed Central and CRO:
'This research was funded in whole, or in part, by the Wellcome Trust [Grant number xxxxx]. For the purpose of open access, the author has applied a CC BY public copyright licence to any Author Accepted Manuscript version arising from this submission.'
In certain cases you can request permission to use a CC BY-ND (Creative Commons Attribution NoDerivatives) Licence. To do so:
'This research was funded in whole, or in part, by the Wellcome Trust [Grant number xxxxx]. For the purpose of open access, the author has applied a CC BY-ND public copyright licence to any Author Accepted Manuscript version arising from this submission.'
All accepted manuscripts must be granted a CC BY (Creative Commons Attribution) licence. If you allow others to own copyright of your AAM, you must ensre they grant such a licence.
You must include acknowledgement of funding in any research article funded by Wellcome Trust. It must:
This applies even if you are not the corresponding author.
All Wellcome funded research articles should include a statement explaining how other researchers can access any data, original software or materials underpinning the research.
Further information can be found on the following Wellcome webpages:
The open access policy for monographs applies to:
The policy does not apply to textbooks, ‘trade’ books, general reference works or works of fiction, or to collections edited but not authored by Wellcome grantholders.
Your monograph, or book chapter, must be made available:
Deposit to NCBI Bookshelf and Europe PMC must be done using the Wellcome Trust's open access monograph and book chapter deposit form.
A Creative Commons Attribution Licence (CC-BY) is strongly preferred. Where a CC-BY licence is not available Wellcome will accept either a Creative Commons Non Commercial (CC-BY-NC-ND), or a Creative Commons NonCommercial No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND)
Open access funding may be available from Wellcome to cover the costs of monographs and book chapters. Refer to Wellcome open access funding for further details.