Open Access

What is Open Access? 

Open Access is the free and open availability of research outputs online. Typically, those outputs are made available either in journals or by deposit in online institutional or subject repositories.

  • The open access policy will require all research articles which arise from Wellcome funding in whole, or in part to be:
  1. Made freely available through PubMed (PMC) and Europe PMC at the time of the official publication date
  2. Openly licenced. Published under a Creative Commons attribution licence (CC BY), unless Wellcome have agreed, as an exception, to allow publication under a CC BY-ND licence
  • Authors receiving funds from WT are expected to continue under the current open access policy
  • Funded authors are expected to maximise the opportunities to make their results available for free-so make use of the ‘transformational agreements’ that we are currently negotiating (Springer Compact, Wiley, Sage, Brill, and more to come). For more information, email: openaccess@kcl.ac.uk to find out if the journal you are thinking of publishing with might be included in one of these!
  • Authors are still expected to make their research immediately OA and with CC BY licence, and made available via deposit with PMC/EPMC latest within 6 months of publication
  • Wellcome is continuing to provide funding to make outputs OA where necessary
  • For guidance and how to comply please click here

Acknowledging the Centre (CME)

We have two examples when acknowledging the Centre:

  • Example 1: Research conducted at a Centre or programme that has been supported by a Wellcome Trust grant:

This work was supported by the Wellcome Trust [grant number 1], [grant number 2], etc…  and by core funding from the Wellcome/EPSRC Centre for Medical Engineering [WT203148/Z/16/Z]. For the purpose of Open Access, the Author has applied a CC BY-ND public copyright license to any Author Accepted Manuscript
version arising from this submission.

  • Example 2: Research conducted at the Centre or programme that has used resources supported by the core award but has itself been supported by other funders:

This work was supported by funder 1 [grant number]; funder 2 [grant number], etc… and by core funding from the Wellcome/EPSRC Centre for Medical Engineering [WT203148/Z/16/Z]. For the purpose of Open Access, the Author has applied a CC BY-ND public copyright license to any Author Accepted Manuscript
version arising from this submission.