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Department of Health & Social Care UK and the UK National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

Elsevier has established a funding body agreement with the Department of Health & Social Care UK and the UK National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to help authors publishing in Elsevier journals to comply with, and facilitate a successful implementation of, their policy. Details about how to comply are outlined below.

Open access policy

The Department of Health & Social Care UK and the UK National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)-funded authors are required to submit an electronic copy of the final manuscripts of their research papers, for all grants resulting from applications submitted after 1st April, 2007, to PubMed Central (PMC) or UK PubMed Central (UKPMC, no later than six months after final publication. The Department of Health & Social Care UK and NIHR-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 which has an open access option. This includes journals published by The Lancet.

Gold open access

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. 

Associated open access publication fees should have been included in your original grant application, but in exceptional circumstances the Department of Health & Social Care UK may consider meeting these costs retrospectively.

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.

Green open access

Department of Health UK or NIHR-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. See our sharing policy.

Permitted reuse of posted manuscripts and additional terms and conditions can be found online.

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