All original, peer-reviewed research articles that are supported in whole, or in part, by Wellcome
Other manuscript types, such as reviews and editorials, are not included in the policy. Our funding cannot be used to pay the article processing charge for these papers.
Researchers must make sure that the article, after peer review – either publisher Version of Record or the Author Accepted Manuscript – is made freely available in PMC and Europe PMC at the time of publication.
If you are unable to make the Version of Record or the Author Accepted Manuscript open access, then you may post a preprint under a CC BY licence. We will accept this as compliant with the policy in these situations.
If your institution does not have a rights-retention policy, you can use the following language:
'This research was funded in whole, or in part by the Wellcome Trust [Grant number xxxxx]. For the purpose of open access, the author has applied a CC BY public copyright licence to any Author Accepted Manuscript version arising from this submission.'
If the above rights-retention text is used, then it should also be included in:
any cover letter that accompanies the submission
the funding acknowledgement section of the manuscript
When using this route to compliance, no article processing charges (APC) should be payable to the publisher. Wellcome open access funds cannot be used to pay article processing charges in subscription or hybrid journals.
Published under a Creative Commons attribution licence (CC BY), unless we [Wellcome] have agreed, as an exception, to allow publication under a CC BY-ND licence.
We do not cover the costs of OA publishing in subscription journals. Grant applicants cannot ask for these costs in their grant application, and grantholders will not be allowed to use their grant funds to pay for these costs.
(All quotations taken from Wellcome policy pages on 07/02/2024)
Our open access policy applies to all original scholarly monographs and book chapters authored or co-authored by Wellcome grantholders as part of their grant-funded research. The policy does not apply to textbooks, ‘trade’ books, general reference works or works of fiction, or to collections edited, but not authored, by Wellcome grantholders.
Made freely available through NCBI Bookshelf PubMed Central (PMC) and Europe PMC as soon as possible and no later than within 6 months of the official final publication date
Be published under a Creative Commons licence where a fee has been paid to the publisher to make the work open access. Our preference is for a Creative Commons attribution licence (CC BY), however, researchers may choose to publish their work under any of the Creative Commons licences including non-commercial and non-derivative licences (CC BY-NC or CC BY-NC-ND).
Yes, it applies to all recipients of a Wellcome grant regardless of their career status. However, this policy is for published outputs (like articles and monographs). It does not apply to PhD theses by Wellcome-funded students. Wellcome expects PhD theses to be made freely available from the EThOS repository as soon as possible.
The text needs to be included so that the publisher has “prior notice” of the CC BY licence assigned to the author accepted manuscript (AAM). If you later realised the text has not been applied, for whatever reason, then liaise with Wellcome directly.
The University’s Open Access Publications Policy asks that a copy of the paper is included in ORA in line with 'act on acceptance'. However, Wellcome also requires that a copy of your work be deposited into EPMC. The publisher may deposit into EPMC on your behalf. If not the author will have to ensure deposit.
You can deposit when the Reviewer Status section has 2 green ticks. The Wellcome Open Research FAQ indicate that 2 ‘Approved’ ticks equate to the completion of peer review, i.e. ‘acceptance’.
How do I know if an article has passed peer review?
The peer review status of an article is clearly indicated at all stages:
Immediately on publication, and until the first peer review report is published, the article is labelled as AWAITING PEER REVIEW– as part of the article title and in the Open Peer Review summary box within the article HTML and PDF.
As soon as a peer review report is published alongside the article, the current approval status is displayed. As additional reports are received, the approval status is updated.
The policy requires articles to be made available on EPMC on the official final publication date – the date the AAM is made freely available on the publisher’s site isn’t regarded as the final publication date.
The costs for open access should be divided between the authors belonging to different institutions if possible. If the work has been funded by more than one funder the costs should be borne proportionally as far as possible.
Yes, the Journal Checker Tool requires three pieces of information: funder, journal title and institution. Including the institution means that any institution-specific arrangements will be taken into account.
Wellcome is monitoring the APC charges of publishers, but leaving the interpretation of “reasonable” up to researchers at the present time. Wellcome has made it clear that it cares about the quality of the research published, not where it is published.
That would depend on the publisher/journal and the licences it offered. If publishing in a hybrid (non-transformative) journal, the author accepted manuscript would need to have a CC BY licence and be made available upon publication via the Rights Retention Strategy.