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Author Self-Archiving Policy

RCUK Compliance


Our self-archiving policies are fully compliant with RCUK (Research Councils UK) requirements. Gold open access is offered, and where funding is not available, authors may follow the Green open access route. They may upload their post-prints to institutional and centrally organized repositories, but must stipulate that public availability be delayed until 12 months after first online publication in the journal.

NIH Compliance


For NIH grantees, we are fully compliant with the National Institute of Health (NIH) Public Access policy. Oxford University Press automatically deposits all NIH-funded papers into PMC, provided NIH is acknowledged by the author as a funding source.

For more information on Funder policies, click here.

Use of the link to the published article


On publication of their article, authors will receive a URL, providing access without charge to the published article on the Oxford Journal website. This link may then be sent to interested colleagues, or posted on the author’s own personal or institutional website.

Use of post-prints


A post-print is the final draft author manuscript, after it has been accepted for publication, and including modifications based on referees' suggestions, but before it has undergone copy-editing and proof correction.

Authors may upload their post-prints to institutional and centrally organized repositories, but must stipulate that public availability be delayed until 12 months after first online publication in the journal.

Authors should include the following statement when depositing their post-prints:

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 when available] is available online at: xxxxxxx [insert URL that the author will receive upon publication here].

Use of pre-prints


A pre-print is defined as the un-refereed author version of the article, that is, an author’s article before it has been accepted for publication in a journal.

Authors can make a pre-print version of the article available on their personal website, institutional websites, and on public pre-print servers.

On acceptance, the following statement should be added if possible:

Accepted for publication in [Journal Title] ©: [year] [owner as specified on the article] Published by Oxford University Press [on behalf of xxxxxx]. All rights reserved.

Policy for open access articles only


The above policy applies for articles published under the Oxford Open open access 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 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.



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