World Health Organization


Funding body agreement

World Health OrganisationThe World Health Organization (WHO) requires funded authors and employees to make their final manuscript free to access through the WHO repository. Elsevier has established an agreement with the WHO to help authors publishing in Elsevier journals comply and to facilitate a successful implementation of their policy.


Gold open access

  • Authors who are employed or funded by WHO can choose to publish their research gold open access in either an Elsevier open access journal or in a subscription journal which supports open access publishing. See our open access options
  • Upon publication, Elsevier will:
    • Enable authors to identify themselves as being funded by WHO via our funding body form.
    • Offer authors the choice of two Intergovernmental Creative Commons user licenses (IGO Licenses) which have the following notices:
      • CC BY: This is an Open Access article published under the CC BY 3.0 IGO license which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.  In any use of this article, there should be no suggestion that WHO endorses any specific organisation, products or services. The use of the WHO logo is not permitted. This notice should be preserved along with the article’s original URL.
      • CC BY-NC-ND: This is an Open Access article published under the CC BY NC ND 3.0 IGO license which permits users to download and share the article for non-commercial purposes, so long as the article is reproduced in the whole without changes, and provided the original source is properly cited. This article shall not be used or reproduced in association with the promotion of commercial products, services or any entity. There should be no suggestion that WHO endorses any specific organisation, products or services. The use of the WHO logo is not permitted. This notice should be preserved along with the article’s original URL.
    • Add the CrossMark® identifier and links back to the authoritative version of record on ScienceDirect.
    • Provide immediate and permanent free access to the final published article on ScienceDirect.

Green open access

Details about how to comply with WHO open access policy are outlined below.

  • WHO - funded authors and employees can comply by publishing in any Elsevier subscription journal.
  • Upon publication online, authors are able to post their accepted author manuscript, immediately to the WHO 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.
  • Accepted author manuscripts, posted after embargo period, to the WHO repository will allow permitted reuse under a CC BY - NC - ND license.
  • See our list of journal embargo periods (PDF)
  • Please Note: Posting directly to the other sites outside the WHO’s repository continues to be prohibited, as does any further republishing or redistribution of Elsevier copyright-protected content and society copyright-protected content published by Elsevier.

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