Motor Neurone Disease Association

Funding Body AgreementMND_Association

The Motor Neurone Disease Association (MND Association) has developed an open access policy which requires grantees from 2011 onwards to make their peer reviewed papers, directly arising from MND Association grants, available through open access. These research papers should also be available within Europe PubMed Central ( Europe PMC) repository as soon as possible but within six months of publication of the paper.

The MND Association’s open access mandate applies to research that is wholly or substantially funded by the MND Association.

Elsevier has established a funding body agreement with MND Association 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 gold open access

MND Association - 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.The MND Association has a fund, separate to your grant award, to meet these costs.

Upon final publication, Elsevier will immediately send to EuropePMC 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 licenses.

The MND Association open access mandate excludes reviews, book chapters, editorials or conference proceedings. It also excludes publications arising from awards made prior to April 2011.

Publication fees

The MND Association has a fund, separate to your grant award, to meet (gold) open access publication costs.

MND Association grantees should download an open access fund application form from the MND Association’s website and return it to Belinda Cupid, Head of Research at the MND Association. Once funding for the fee is approved by MND Association, Elsevier will activate open access to the article.

The MND Association’s open access mandate applies to research that is wholly or substantially funded by the MND Association. Where research has been joint funded by another organization, requests for open access fees will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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

Green open access

The MND Association requires authors whose awards were made in 2011 onwards to submit an electronic copy of the final manuscript of their research papers to Europe PubMedCentral. MND Association requires that the author’s work be made available to the public as soon as possible but within six months of publication of the paper.

Elsevier’s posting policy allows authors who publish in Elsevier journals to comply with MND Association’s preference for open access publishing.

There is no change to Elsevier's author posting policy that allows authors to post revised personal versions of manuscripts (those that reflect changes made in the peer review) on their own websites and the sites of their institutions, provided a link to the journal is included. Posting directly to EuropePMC or other sites outside an author's institution continues to be prohibited, as does any further republishing or redistribution of Elsevier copyright-protected content and society copyright-protected content published by Elsevier.