Compliance with funder-mandated open access policies

Several research funding agencies now require or request authors to publish their research under a Creative Commons license. Wolters Kluwer supports author compliance with the open access requirements of certain recognized funding bodies and institutions via two publication routes, Gold and Green. Specific journal policies may vary.

Gold open access
  • Authors may publish in an open access journal or in a journal that provides an open access option (hybrid journal).
  • An Article Processing Charge (APC) is paid by the author (or on their behalf by their institution or funder). Please see our hybrid journal and open access journal APC price lists for details.
  • The final published article (Version of Record) is publicly accessible immediately under the terms of a creative commons license.
  • Authors supported by certain recognized funders and institutions can generally choose to publish open access under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) License.
  • Authors should check the instructions and policies of specific journals when submitting articles.
Green open access
  • Authors supported by certain recognized funders may deposit their final peer-reviewed manuscript (or “author accepted manuscript (AAM)”) in an open access repository under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial (CC BY-NC) license after an embargo period.
  • Under these terms, authors will not authorize the display of the final peer-reviewed manuscript prior to 12 months following publication of the final article if the journal offers an open access option or six months following publication if the journal does not offer open access.
  • Authors should link the AAM version to the final published version of record by adding the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) to the AAM.
  • Authors should consult our policies for specific recognized funding bodies and institutions as well as the instructions and policies of individual journals as embargo periods may vary.
Recognized funding bodies and institutions

Unless otherwise indicated, the funder-mandated open access policies stated above apply to the following recognized funding bodies and institutions:


Wolters Kluwer/FinELib Agreement

Wolters Kluwer and the FinELib consortia in Finland have agreed that eligible authors can publish articles in the Lippincott Total Access Collection of hybrid journals or in Lippincott’s Gold open access journals without paying individual Article Processing Charges (APCs).

Corresponding authors of accepted articles from participating institutions should request the APC waiver code from their library. Further information is available here. Authors can choose to publish under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY) where offered or the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Non-Derivative License (CC BY-NC-ND).


Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) public access policy

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute requests authors to submit the author accepted manuscript (AAM)—the article after peer review and acceptance but not the final published article—to a repository that is accessible online by all without charge. As a service to our authors, LWW identifies to the National Library of Medicine (NLM) articles that require deposit and transmits the AAM of an article based on research funded in whole or in part by Howard Hughes Medical Institute to PubMed Central on the author’s behalf provided the journal is included in PubMed. Additionally, all authors who choose the open access option will have their final published article deposited into PubMed Central provided the journal is included in PubMed.


Wolters Kluwer/EISZ Agreement

Wolters Kluwer and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences have agreed that eligible authors can publish articles in the Lippincott Total Access Collection of hybrid journals or in Lippincott’s Gold open access journals without paying individual Article Processing Charges (APCs).

Corresponding authors of accepted articles from Hungary should contact their library to check eligibility and to obtain the APC waiver code. Articles in hybrid journals will be published under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Non-Derivative License (CC BY-NC-ND). Certain Gold open access journals offer additional licenses such as the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY).


National Institutes of Health (United States) public access policy

The National Institutes of Health (NIH, US) requires authors to submit the author accepted manuscript (AAM)—the article after peer review and acceptance but not the final published article—to a repository that is accessible online by all without charge. As a service to our authors, LWW identifies to the National Library of Medicine (NLM) articles that require deposit and transmits the AAM of an article based on research funded in whole or in part by the National Institutes of Health to PubMed Central on the author’s behalf provided the journal is included in PubMed. Additionally, all authors who choose the open access option will have their final published article deposited into PubMed Central provided the journal is included in PubMed.


Wolters Kluwer/UKB VSNU Agreement

Wolters Kluwer and the UKB—the Dutch Consortium of University Libraries and Royal Library—have agreed that eligible authors can publish articles in the Lippincott Total Access Collection of hybrid journals without paying individual Article Processing Charges (APCs). Fully open access journals are excluded from the agreement. A list of hybrid journals can be viewed here.

Corresponding authors of accepted articles from the Netherlands should contact their library for details on how to obtain the APC waiver code. Articles will be published under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Non-Derivative License (CC BY-NC-ND).


Wolters Kluwer/QNL Agreement

Wolters Kluwer and the Qatar National Library (QNL) have agreed that eligible authors can publish articles in the Lippincott Total Access Collection of hybrid journals or in Lippincott’s Gold open access journals without paying individual Article Processing Charges (APCs).

Corresponding authors of accepted articles from Qatar should contact the QNL open access team for details on how to obtain the APC waiver code. Articles in hybrid journals will be published under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Non-Derivative License (CC BY-NC-ND). Certain Gold open access journals offer additional licenses such as the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY).


UK Research Councils (UKRI): Compliance with UKRI open access policies

The UK Research Councils (UKRI) has adopted policies regarding open access to articles that have been funded by grants from the UKRI. Authors whose research has been funded by UKRI are able to choose to have their article published as an open access publication, and the following policies will apply:

  • If the article is to be published under the Gold route of open access, UKRI requires that the article is made freely available immediately under the CC-BY license.
  • If the article is to be published under the Green route of open access, UKRI requires that the article is made freely available within six months of publication under the CC-BY-NC-ND license.

As a service to our authors, LWW will identify to the National Library of Medicine (NLM) articles that require deposit under the UKRI policies described in this section. LWW will transmit the final peer-reviewed manuscript of an article based on research funded in whole or in part by UKRI to PubMed Central (PMC) provided the journal is included in PubMed.

Upon NIH request, it remains the legal responsibility of the author to confirm with NIH the provenance of his/her manuscript for purposes of deposit. The author must not deposit articles him/herself or alter the final peer-reviewed manuscript already transmitted to NIH.

With respect to the Green route of open access, the author is not allowed to authorize the display of the final peer-reviewed manuscript prior to six months following publication of the final article.

Authors of articles that have been funded from grants from the UKRI are required to sign the LWW Open Access License Agreement prior to publication of the applicable article. Please contact the Editorial Office of the applicable journal to receive the Open Access License Agreement that is to be signed in connection with the publication of the article.


Wellcome Trust/Charity Open Access Fund (COAF): Compliance with open access policy

The Wellcome Trust/COAF requires that authors publish their work under the CC BY license and will not cover the cost of any APCs for articles that are not compliant with their mandate. When completing the License to Publish select ‘Gold Route’ and ensure you comply with this mandate.