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 of 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 +
RCUK policy supports both gold and green routes to open access, though RCUK has a preference for immediate gold open access. They state that gold open access articles should be made available under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) licence. Find out more about how to publish your article gold open access.
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; upon acceptance of your manuscript please sign the CC BY open access licence (not CC BY-NC);
- Pay your invoice promptly;
- Ensure that Wellcome funding, including the grant reference number, is acknowledged in your article and during the submission process (we will then deposit your article in PMC for you).
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.