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Charges, Licenses, and Self-Archiving

All content published in OFID is made freely available online to all under an Open Access model.

After a manuscript is accepted for publication, the corresponding author will be required to accept a mandatory license to publish agreement. Authors who are employed by the government should select the Government Open Access option.

Oxford Open articles are published under Creative Commons licenses. Authors publishing in the journal can use the following Creative Commons licenses for their articles:

• Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY)
• Creative Commons non-Commercial No Derivatives license (CC BY-NC-ND)

Please click here for more information about the Creative Commons licenses.

You can pay Open Access charges using our Author Services site. This will enable you to pay online with a credit/debit card or to request an invoice by email or post. The applicable Open Access charges vary according society membership status of the corresponding author and which Creative Commons license the authors select. The charges are as follows:

Charges for CC BY-NC-ND license and Government Open Access license:

  • Regular charge for society members: £780 / $1250 / €1015
  • Regular charge for non-society members: £1250 / $2000 / €1625
  • Reduced Rate Developing country charge*: £315 / $500 / €410
  • Free Developing country charge*: £0 /$0 / €0

Charges for CC-BY license:

  • Regular charge for society members: £1095 / $1750 / €1420
  • Regular charge for non-society members: £1565 / $2500 / €2030
  • List B Developing country charge*: £625 / $1000 / €815
  • List A Developing country charge*: £0 /$0 / €0

*Click here for a list of qualifying countries.

Orders from the UK will be subject to the current UK VAT charge. For orders from the rest of the European Union, OUP will assume that the service is provided for business purposes. Please provide a VAT number for yourself or your institution, and ensure you account for your own local VAT correctly.


Under the terms of the license, authors are entitled to deposit the final published version of their article in institutional and/or centrally organized repositories 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 are also strongly encouraged to deposit the URL of their published article, in addition to the PDF version.

NIH, HHMI, UK MRC, and Wellcome Trust grantees should note that OUP automatically deposits all Open Access articles in PMC and UKPMC, where they are made freely available immediately upon publication in the journal. This means that articles published in OFID are fully compliant with the NIH Public Access policy and the HHMI, UK MRC, and Wellcome Trust policies on Open Access; therefore, authors wishing to comply with these policies need not take further action. For example, a separate submission to the NIHMS system is not necessary for authors (see for confirmation of this).

Preprint use of journal content

Authors may also upload their accepted manuscript PDF ("a post-print"*) to institutional and/or centrally organized repositories. However the journal strongly encourages 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.

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

  • If uploading a post-print to a repository, authors are required to include a credit line (see last bullet point below) and a link to the final published version of the article.
  • Authors should include the following credit line when depositing post-prints: This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Open Forum Infectious Diseases following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version [insert complete citation information here] is available online at [insert URL that author receives upon publication here].

Prior to acceptance for publication, authors retain the right to make a pre-print* version of the article available on your own personal website and/or that of your employer and/or in free public servers of preprints and/or articles in your subject area, provided that where possible:

*Definition of a pre-print: As un-refereed author version of the article.

  • You acknowledge that the article has been accepted for publication in Open Forum Infectious Diseases ©: [year] [owner as specified on the article] Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. All rights reserved.
  • Once the article has been published, we do not require that preprint versions are removed from where they are available. However, we do ask that these are not updated or replaced with the finally published version. Once an article is published, a link could be provided to the final authoritative version on the Oxford Journals Web site. Where possible, the preprint notice should be amended to: “This is an electronic version of an article published in [include the complete citation information for the final version of the Article].”

Once an article is accepted for publication, an author may not make a pre-print available as above or replace an existing pre-print with the final published version. For more information, please click here. In case of any additional queries, please contact Journals Permissions.