The Wellcome Trust’s new Open Access Policy – from 1 January 2021
From 1 January 2021, Wellcome’s open access policy will require all research articles which arise from Wellcome funding to be:
- made freely available through PubMed Central (PMC) and Europe PMC by the official final publication date
- published under a Creative Commons attribution licence (CC BY), unless Wellcome have agreed, as an exception, to allow publication under a CC BY-ND licence.
Summary of the routes to compliance
There are three publishing routes you can follow to comply with Wellcome’s policy:
Route 1: Publish in a fully OA journal or platform.
Route 2: Publish in a subscription journal and take responsibility for making the Author Accepted Manuscript (AAM) freely available from Europe PMC at the time of publication.
Route 3: Publish in a subscription journal through a transformative arrangement that is available to you via your organisation.
Wellcome’s preferred routes to compliance are routes 1 or 3. These options ensure that the final published version is made OA at the time of publication.
Until January 2021, researchers must continue to comply with Wellcome's current policy.