Open Access comes to the Cochrane Library

Padlock-bronze-open.svgThe Cochrane Collaboration has agreed a new publishing deal with John Wiley and Sons, which will run to the end of 2018. As part of this arrangement, new Cochrane reviews and protocols will be available on an open access basis 12 months after publication in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. This will be known as “Green Open Access“.

Additionally, authors and funders will be able to fund individual articles or groups of articles to be open access immediately on publication (“Gold Open Access“). Authors from many low and middle income countries will be eligible to have their publication fees waived (see the Cochrane Library Free Access pages for more information on this).

The Licence for Publication Form for Cochrane Reviews and Protocols has been amended to reflect the introduction of green open access. It introduces the new right for authors to post a PDF of the final version of their Protocol or Review (as specified by the Publisher) in an institutional repository or any repository mandated by the author’s funder, such as PubMed Central, 12 months after publication. It also clarifies the right to post the Protocol or Review as an electronic file on the author’s own website and/or the author’s institution’s intranet, using the PDF version available in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. These new terms are backdated to 1 February 2013 for all authors.

If you have any questions about the new arrangements, contact the Editorial Base.

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