British Heart Foundation

British Heart Foundation

Funding Body Agreement

Since January 1, 2007, a copy of the final manuscript of all peer-reviewed research papers supported in whole or in part by a British Heart Foundation (BHF) grant must be deposited in an open access archive such as PubMed Central (PMC) or UK PubMed Central (UKPMC), to be made freely available within six months of publication.

Elsevier has established a funding body agreement with BHF to help authors publishing in Elsevier journals comply and to facilitate a successful implementation of their policy. Details about how to comply are outlined below.

Help and Support

Publishing open access

BHF - funded authors are free to choose the (gold) open access option offered by Elsevier. Authors can comply by publishing in either an Elsevier open access journal or in a subscription journal via our open access article program.

To provide open access, a publication fee needs to be met for each article published open access. For information about specific open access publication fees, please refer to the individual journal 's guide for authors.

Upon final publication, Elsevier will immediately send to PubMed Central (PMC) the final published journal article (PJA) as it appears on ScienceDirect. PMC and PMC mirror sites will also link directly to this same article on Elsevier's websites. All articles published open access have permitted reuse which is determined by the author's choice of user license.

Publication fees

For BHF-funded authors to comply with their funding body's policy via gold open access a publication fee will need to be paid. The BHF will reimburse valid fees.

All full research articles arising from BHF-funded research should acknowledge BHF by stating the relevant grant number. Where a research paper has arisen from research funded by more than one member of the Europe PMC Funders' Group, the costs of making that paper open access should be split proportionally between the different funders of the research. A list of funding organisations that support Europe PMC can be found on the Europe PMC website.

However, if other acknowledged research funders are not members of the Europe PMC Funders' Group or the BHF is the major research funder of the reported work, then they will pay the full open access fees.

For more information about claiming open access fees, please read the BHF's open access policy

Please refer to the individual journal's guide for authors for the specific open access publication fee for your chosen journal.

Green open access

BHF funded authors, who do not have funds available for gold open access can self-archive their accepted author manuscript on Europe PMC after the embargo period for their specific journal has expired.

Posted accepted author manuscripts must include a link back to the original and final published articles.