Publishing open access means that you can contribute to a world where there are no barriers to important research. We believe that everyone deserves to benefit from new discoveries, no matter how big or small.
We want to help you make a greater impact by giving you tools to help share your research with as many people as possible – including other scientists, funders and policymakers, as well as the general public.
The information below includes additional sharing and deposition options available to you when you choose to publish gold and green open access.
Gold open access sharing
Our gold open access licences grant additional sharing and deposition rights for authors.
- The author may deposit the PDF of the version of record in an institutional or other not-for-profit repository. No embargo period applies. There should be a link from this PDF version to the published article on the Royal Society of Chemistry website
- The author can share the PDF of the version of the record publicly via their personal website or a scholarly communication network
Published research that is the product of a Europe PubMed Central funder's grant must be made freely available. For these gold open access articles, we will deposit the version of the record to PubMed Central to help authors comply with their funder's mandate. We will deposit an article to PMC once it has been published in an issue.
Cancer Research UK, European Research Council and Wellcome Trust are among the funding bodies that mandate a PMC deposition if funding has been received. A complete list of Europe PubMed Central funder organisations and their open access policies can be found on the Europe PubMed Central website.
Please ensure that you input the details of any funding bodies when prompted during submission and that they are clearly stated in the acknowledgements section of your main article.
After we have deposited your article, it can take several weeks for it to appear in PMC. PMC will notify you once it is available ̶ it will also be deposited in Europe PMC three days after this.
We also deposit all articles from our PMC full participation journals. These include:
Green open access sharing
Once our twelve-month embargo period has passed, you may deposit the accepted manuscript version of your article in a not-for-profit repository or scholarly communication network.
We are members of the CHORUS initiative. We will make the accepted manuscript version of articles that communicate research that has been funded by participating funders, publicly available on our website after an embargo period of twelve months. This is effective for research published from 1st March 2018 onwards.
We can deposit research funded by the National Institute of Health to PubMed Central, helping authors comply with the NIH's funding policy.
Please make sure you clearly state your NIH grant number in the acknowledgments section of your manuscript and input the details of any funding bodies when prompted during submission.
We will submit your accepted manuscript via the NIH Manuscript Submission (NIHMS) system. The NIH will ask you to review the submitted files before they are deposited in PubMed Central. Your accepted manuscript will become freely available after a twelve-month embargo period.
If you choose gold open access for your NIH-funded article, its final version of the record will be made available through PubMed Central with no embargo period.
A scholarly communication network (SCN) is a general term for a platform that researchers can use to build and maintain professional relationships. Many researchers share their work and publications with others via SCNs.
The International Association of STM Publishers has developed a set of principles for sharing research via SCNs. These principles promote simple sharing and enhance collaboration, consistent with legal rights. We are committed to upholding the STM voluntary principles for publishers and supporting the sharing of research within legal rights.
A repository is a system for storing and preserving published content. Depositing your accepted manuscript in an open access repository is one way of satisfying funders' open access mandates, via the green route to open access.
Repositories may contain many different kinds of content, including:
- versions of record of gold open access articles
- accepted manuscripts of gold or green open access articles
- theses and dissertations
- pre-prints of articles (before submission for peer review)
- abstracts or metadata relating to any of the above, or to full-text articles stored elsewhere
Many repositories also have a defined scope for the type of content they store, as detailed below.
Some repositories bring together content about a specific subject, making it easier for readers interested in that subject to search across material from different publishers or sources.
Some repositories bring together content produced by a single institution – often including theses, dissertations, and other unpublished documents (grey literature) – to make it easier for the institution to demonstrate the breadth and impact of its research all in one place.
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