Wellcome Trust Open Access Policy: 1st January 2021 onward
The Wellcome Trust are introducing a new open access policy which will apply to all original research articles submitted for publication from January 1st 2021, which are supported in whole, or in part, by Wellcome. Other article types, such as editorials and review articles are not in scope of the policy.
● All Wellcome-funded research articles must be available open access via an approved route and/or be made freely available through PubMed Central (PMC) and Europe PMC on publication.
● Wellcome have introduced a new grant condition that grantholders must automatically grant a CC BY public copyright licence to all their future Author Accepted Manuscripts (AAM). This must be stated clearly on all manuscripts on submission.
● Wellcome will no longer cover the cost of open access publishing in subscription journals (‘hybrid OA’).
Please see below for more detailed information and instructions on how to comply with this new policy.
|Routes to Comply||
a) Publish under a CC-BY licence in a fully open access journal which is indexed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), or on an open access platform.
b) Publish open access in a subscription journal which is operating under an approved transformative agreement or is designated as a transformative journal.
c) Publish in a subscription journal and make the Author Accepted Manuscript(AAM) openly available in a repository on publication under a CC BY public copyright licence.
What to do When
|Monographs and Book Chapters||
Monographs and book chapters acknowledging funding from the Wellcome Trust must be open access within six months of the official date of final publication. Funding is available to cover book processing charges, but it is administered separately from the open access block grant. If you wish to apply for open access funding for your monograph or book chapter, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the details listed on this page. You can also make your monograph or book chapter available through Europe PMC or NCBI Bookshelf.
Is there a list of journals that are compliant with the new Wellcome Trust Open Access policy?
As there are different routes to compliance, the majority of journals are compliant with the policy. The Wellcome Trust’s preferred route to compliance, however, is Gold open access in a fully open access journal, or subscription journal that is part of a transformative agreement. You can find fully open access journals in the Directory of Open Access journals and the University of Sheffield’s transformative agreements on this page. In order to publish in other subscription journals, you must comply with the policy by depositing your author accepted manuscript into Europe PMC.
What happens if a publisher refuses to accept the rights retention statement?
Wellcome has notified publishers of their change in policy, and so far none have said that they will reject the rights retention statement. If a publisher questions the statement, please get in touch with Wellcome at email@example.com.
Am I eligible for the University of Sheffield’s transformative agreements if I am not the corresponding author?
For the majority of transformative agreements, the corresponding author must be affiliated to the institution that has the agreement. If you are not the corresponding author, check whether the corresponding author’s institution is also part of the agreement. If not, comply with the policy via the green route by depositing the author accepted manuscript into Europe PMC.