Open access options

This journal offers authors two choices to publish their research:

Open AccessSubscription
Articles are freely available to both subscribers and the wider public with permitted reuse.Articles are made available to subscribers as well as developing countries and patient groups through our access programs.
An open access publication fee is payable by authors or their research funder.No open access publication fee.

In accordance with Funding Body requirements, Elsevier does offer alternative open access publishing options. Visit for full information.

Your publication choice will have no effect on the peer review process or acceptance of your submission.

Details on Open Access Articles:

User Rights
All articles published open access will be immediately and permanently free for everyone to read and download. We offer authors a choice of user licenses, which define the permitted reuse of articles (see We are continuously working with our author communities to select the best choice of license options, currently being defined for this journal as follows:
• Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)
• Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND)

Open Access Publication Fee
To provide open access, this journal has a publication fee which needs to be met by the authors or their research funders for each article published open access.

The open access publication fee for this journal is USD 1100, excluding taxes.

Funding Body Agreements
Elsevier has established agreements with funding bodies, including Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK. This ensures authors can comply with funding body open access policies and may also be reimbursed for their publication fees.

Green Open Access (e.g. self-archiving)
Authors can share their research in a variety of different ways and Elsevier has a number of green open access options available. We recommend authors see our green open access page for further information. An author can also self-archive their author manuscript immediately and enable public access from their institution's repository after an embargo period. This is the version that has been accepted for publication and which typically includes author-incorporated changes suggested during submission, peer review and in editor-author communications.

Embargo Period
For subscription articles, an appropriate amount of time is needed for journals to deliver value to subscribing customers before a manuscript becomes available for free to the public. This is called an embargo period and it begins from the publication date of the issue your article appears in.

This journal has an embargo period of 12 months.

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Publishing open access with Elsevier
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Open access license policy
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