1. Check existing requirements & expectations
Where your funding body or research institute has a policy on open access publication, we aim to support the author’s publishing requirements to comply with these policies.
As a society publisher, our fundamental goal is to advance the chemical sciences through the effective dissemination of high quality research content. We support the author's choice where and how they publish their work to the benefit of the advancement of science.
During your research and when you are compiling your manuscript, you are advised to check and familiarise yourself with the following information.
The funding body providing the grant for your research may have certain requirements on how and where an author publishes and archives their research.
The publishing and archiving requirements can be in the form of a mandate or an expectation. Failure to comply with these requirements may affect future funding.
Authors are advised to check closely their funder policy on open access (for example, via the funding body webpages), or to consult their librarian or library webpages.
The SHERPA/JULIET database is a useful resource for searching research funders’ open access policies.
ROARMAP (the Registry of Open Access Repositories Mandatory Archiving Policies) also has funders’ policies.
Please check funder-specific requirements and guidelines below. If you have any questions or want further information, please contact our Customer Services team.
Wellcome requirements +
If you are funded by Wellcome, their open access policy states that when Wellcome funds are used to pay an article processing charge (APC) the article must be deposited, at the time of publication, in PubMed Central (PMC). All deposited articles must be made available under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) Licence. We meet the Wellcome Trust requirements in our services to authors.
To make sure you comply with the Wellcome mandate, please ensure that you:
- DO NOT sign our standard licence to publish during the submission process, please ignore any automatic chasers you receive;
- Once your article has been accepted for publication, complete our open access application form and:
- state on the form that you are funded by Wellcome (we will then deposit your article in PMC for you);
- agree to the CC BY licence (not CC BY-NC) on the form;
- Pay your invoice promptly.
- Ensure that Wellcome funding, including the grant reference number, is acknowledged in your article.
Please note: If you are submitting to one of our full open access journals (Chemical Science or RSC Advances) you can just follow the normal publication process; however please ensure you select the CC BY licence and acknowledge your Wellcome funding.
Max Planck Society (MPG) requirements +
We have an open access agreement with the Max Planck Society (Max-Planck-Gesellschaft) which means they will automatically cover the article processing charge (APC) for corresponding authors whose affiliation is an eligible Max Planck institute. This means you can easily publish your article open access in the journal of your choice, maximising the visibility of your research. The agreement covers articles published in any of our hybrid journals (all our journals except Chemical Science, RSC Advances and Chemistry Education Research and Practice) and that have a Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC BY). Please note the agreement only covers the APC and does not cover additional fees, for example, reprints or cover artwork.
To make sure you can benefit from this agreement, please ensure that you:
- Are listed as the corresponding author both in our online submission system and in your manuscript;
- Use your official Max Planck institutional email address to submit your manuscript (this helps us to identify you);
- State your Max Planck institute affiliation and email address in your manuscript and do not change this after submission;
- DO NOT sign the standard licence to publish during the submission process, please ignore any automatic chasers you receive.
- Once your article has been accepted for publication, complete our application form, ensuring you:
- enter your Max Planck institution;
- enter ‘Au-000000’ in the voucher code field;
- agree to the CC BY licence (not CC BY-NC).
Your research institute may have certain expectations on publishing and archiving your research, and the process an author should follow. Authors are advised to consult their librarian or library webpages for more information.
Author & co-author expectations
As an author, you may favour open access publication irrespective of your funding body and research institute requirements. In this case, and if funds for publication are not provided via your funding body or research institute, then you may need to explore alternative means for covering the cost of publication.
Multiple authors & multiple funders
Occasionally a manuscript may have co-authors using different research funds and/or across multiple institutes with different publishing requirements. Prior to submitting your manuscript, you are advised to consult with all authors, and if necessary their funding bodies and research institutes, to decide the most appropriate publication route.