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Funding Body Agreement 

Arthritis Research UK requires grantees, from the 1st January 2007, to pursue open access publishing and are required to submit an electronic copy of the final manuscript of their research papers to PubMed Central (PMC) and PMC’s linked sister repository Europe PubMed Central (Europe PMC) within six months of publication.

Elsevier has established a funding body agreement with Arthritis Research UK 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

Arthritis Research UK - 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 homepage and guide for authors.

Upon publication, Elsevier will supply the final published article to Europe PMC on the author’s behalf. This will then be automatically mirrored on the PMC site.

All articles published open access have permitted reuse which is determined by the author's choice of user license.

Publication fees

For Arthritis Research UK authors publishing in either an Elsevier Open Access Journal or via our Open Access Article program an open access publishing fee is payable to cover the costs associated with publication. This fee is journal specific and details can be found in the journal’s guide for authors.

Arthritis Research UK will meet these costs only if the author’s institution is unable to

Green open access

Europe PMC

For Arthritis Research UK - 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.

Institutional Repository

Authors who do not have funds available for gold open access can also immediately self archive their accepted author manuscript in their institutional repository for internal use.

However, for public access, authors must wait until after the embargo period for their specific journals has expired. Posted accepted author manuscripts must include a link back to the original and final published articles.