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Open Access


A growing number of funding agencies now stipulate that research articles they have funded must be made open access. This may be either by mandating deposit in repositories after an embargo period (Green open access) or by stipulating that research is published in open access journals (Gold open access).

Compliance through Open Access Publication


Oxford Journals helps authors comply with funder requirements through our open access initiative Oxford Open. Oxford Open journals allow authors the option of paying a charge to make their article open access immediately via the Oxford Journals website. Where relevant, these open access articles will also be automatically deposited and made publically available in PMC by Oxford Journals* upon issue publication.

The majority of our journals offer optional open access; please visit the Instructions to Authors pages of individual journals to find out whether the journal participates in Oxford Open.

Compliance through Self-Archiving


Some funder mandates can be fulfilled through ‘Green’ open access, due to our self-archiving policies. All Oxford journals have specific self-archiving policies and licence forms which lay out in detail the provisions made for deposition in repositories. Broadly, most Oxford journals have 12 or 24 month embargos on self-archiving** (see individual journal policy for detail). As such, authors with funder mandates stipulating deposit in a repository after 12 months (e.g. NIH) can comply simply by publishing in a 12 month embargo journal. Any author whose funder mandates deposition in under 12 months will need to publish their paper under an open access licence to meet their funder or funders' requirements.

Funder Agencies' Open Access Mandates


Please follow the links below for information on the specific open access policies of different funding agencies:


*Where subject relevant

** The exceptions to this rule are the Japanese Journal of Clinical Oncology and the European Journal of Public Health which both have a six month embargo.