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Research Publishing (Open Access)

Open access compliance and REF 2021

Open Access and Licensing Information available on Publisher Websites

During the publication process the Lead or Corresponding Author will be provided with information from the publisher.  However useful information regarding open access policies, including embargo periods and licensing can also be found on publisher websites.  If in doubt please check with the publisher directly or contact the UHI open access compliance officer.

American Chemical Society

American Chemical Society:  ACS operates an ‘Author choice’ programme.

Cambridge University Press

Cambridge University Press home page

Open access policies - includes quick links to key policies and information.

Services for authors.


Elsevier home page

Your Guide to Publishing Open Access with Elsevier (PDF)

Journal Specific Embargo Periods (PDF) - only applicable for UK researchers who wish to self-archive their Author Accepted Manuscript (AAM).

Open Access licenses (Elsevier's policy)  

Articles sharing guidelines - they support green open access and accepted manuscripts can be self -archived following their sharing guidelines and are required to attach a CC-BY-NC-ND license.

Funder agreements - Elsevier works with institutions and funding bodies to help authors publishing in our journals comply with open access policies.

Services for authors.

Elsevier and Plan S news (04/01/2021), 160 Elsevier journals become Plan S aligned Transformative Journals


Emerald home page

Emerald open access policies and FAQs - in 2017 Emerald abolished embargo periods for author accepted manuscripts (AAM) deposited on their institutional repository. This also applies retrospectively to outputs.

Oxford University Press

Oxford University Press (Academic) home page

Open access support - overview

Oxford access licenses at OUP note: authors not choosing the Oxford Open option (but open self archiving) should follow the standard post-print archiving policy of the relevant journal. This policy can be found in the journal's Author Instructions, or by contacting Permissions at Oxford Journals.

Complying with funder policies - covers agencies' open access mandates.

Complying through self-archiving: Some funder mandates can be fulfilled through ‘Green’ open access, due to our self-archiving policies. All Oxford journals have specific self-archiving policies and licence forms which lay out in detail the provisions made for deposition in repositories. Broadly, most Oxford journals have 12 or 24 month embargos on self-archiving** (see individual journal policy for detail). As such, authors with funder mandates stipulating deposit in a repository after 12 months (e.g. NIH) can comply simply by publishing in a 12 month embargo journal. Any author whose funder mandates deposition in under 12 months will need to publish their paper under an open access licence to meet their funder or funders' requirements.

Services for authors.

Springer - (read and publish deal)

Springer home page

Note read and publish dealUHI researchers can publish articles in more than 1,900 Springer open access hybrid journals for free. For more information and to view eligible journals please refer to Springer Open Choice. For the UK this 'agreement' runs until the end of December 2021.

Springer has a national open access agreement with UK institutions negotiated through Jisc. As UHI is part of this UK 'read and publish' (Springer compact agreement) UHI authors may currently publish their articles open access - at no charge to them. The deal runs through to the end of December 2021. 

Springer self archiving policy - author(s) retain the right to make an AAM (author accepted manuscript) of their Article available for public release on any of the following 12 months after first publication ("Embargo Period"): their employer’s internal website; their institutional and/or funder repositories. AAMs may also be deposited in such repositories immediately on acceptance, provided that they are not made publicly available until after the Embargo Period.

Springer FAQ about authors' rights

Taylor & Francis

Taylor & Francis home page

Publishing your research open access 

Open access options - you can use this table to check which journals offer gold OA, current article publishing charges (APCs), green OA embargo periods, and which licenses you can choose to publish under.

Wiley - (read and publish deal)

Wiley home page

Note read and publish dealUHI researchers who are the 'corresponding author' can publish articles in any of Wiley's fully gold open access or Wiley's hybrid (subscription) journals that offer OnlineOpen with no further open access costs. For more information about how to publish open access with Wiley and eligibility criteria please refer to Wiley open access agreements. For the UK this 'agreement' runs until the end of December 2023.

Wiley OA funding - Jisc and Wiley have signed a four year ‘read and publish’ agreement, giving UHI authors the opportunity to publish in any of Wiley’s fully Gold open access (OA) or Wiley’s hybrid, OnlineOpen journals at no cost to them (no APC charges). The Deal will run until December 2023. To apply for this you need to be the corresponding/ lead author. 

Licensing and open access

Self-archiving  - authors of articles published in Wiley journals are permitted to self-archive the submitted (preprint) version of the article at any time, and may self-archive the accepted (peer-reviewed) version after an embargo period.

Author Compliance Tool (UHI is listed here as an institution)

Services for authors.