The Wellcome Trust’s new Open Access Policy – from 1 January 2021

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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

and

  • 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 1Publish 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.

 

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