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Author Self-Archiving Policy

  • For NIH grantees: Publishing in this journal is fully compliant with the National Institute of Health (NIH) Public Access policy (http://publicaccess.nih.gov/).
  • Authors wishing to deposit their paper in public or institutional repositories may deposit a link that provides free access to the paper, but must stipulate that public availability be delayed until 12 months after first online publication in the journal. (All corresponding authors are sent a unique URL that gives free access to both PDF and HTML versions of their paper as soon as it is published online.) Please note that a special policy applies for articles published under the journal's open access initiative - see below.

  • Authors may not normally upload their accepted manuscript PDF ("a post-print*") to institutional and/or centrally organized repositories (including PMC). However, authors whose granting agency requires that they upload such PDFs should contact Journals Permissions for an exemption from this condition. Authors granted such exemptions must:

    • stipulate that public availability be delayed until 12 months after first online publication in the journal;
    • and (to guarantee that the definitive version is readily available to those accessing the article from public repositories, and to ensure that the article is cited correctly) include the following URL and 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].
  • 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 open access initiative - see below.

*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 open access articles only


The above policy applies for articles published under the open access model with the following changes:

  • Authors of open access articles are entitled to deposit 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 open access 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