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Author Self-Archiving Policy

  • Authors may upload their accepted manuscript PDF ("a post-print*") to institutional and/or centrally organized repositories, but must stipulate that public availability be delayed until 12 months after first online publication in the journal. Please note that a special policy applies for articles published under the Oxford Open initiative - see below.
  • For the majority of journals participating in Oxford Open, if you have chosen this option, Oxford Journals automatically deposits open access papers into PMC on your behalf. For more information please see below.
  • For NIH grantees: Publishing in this journal is fully compliant with the National Institute of Health (NIH) Public Access policy.
  • For grantees of other funding bodies (e.g. Wellcome and MRC): for guidance please visit Oxford Journals' information on repositories.
  • When uploading an accepted manuscript to a repository, authors should include a credit line (see below) and a link to the final published version of the article. This will guarantee that the definitive version is readily available to those accessing your article from public repositories, and means that your article is more likely to be cited correctly.
  • A PDF of the final published version of the article as it appears in the journal following copyediting and proof correction may not be deposited by authors in institutional repositories unless the article is published under the Oxford Open initiative - see below.
  • Authors should include the following credit line when depositing their accepted manuscripts:

This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in [insert journal title] following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version [insert complete citation information here] is available online at: xxxxxxx [insert URL that the author will receive upon publication here].

* Definition of a post-print: A post-print is the final draft author manuscript, as accepted for publication, including modifications based on referees' suggestions but before it has undergone copyediting and proof correction.

Policy for Oxford Open articles only:

The above policy applies for articles published under the Oxford Open model with the following changes:

  • Authors of Oxford Open articles are entitled to deposit the post-print version or the final published version of their article in institutional and/or centrally organized repositories and can make this publicly available immediately upon publication, provided that the journal and OUP are attributed as the original place of publication and that correct citation details are given. Authors should also deposit the URL of their published article, in addition to the PDF version.
  • The journal strongly encourages Oxford Open authors to deposit the final published version of the article instead of the post-print version. This will guarantee that the definitive version is readily available to those accessing your article from such repositories, and means that your article is more likely to be cited correctly.
  • Oxford Journals automatically deposits open access articles in PMC for the majority of journals participating in Oxford Open. For a list of journals involved and for the latest information on the status of PMC deposits for individual journals please review Journals which offer an open access model.

In case of query please contact Journals Permissions