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Author self-archiving policy

Oxford University Press is proud of its generous self-archiving policy.

RCUK compliance

Our self-archiving policies are fully compliant with RCUK (Research Councils UK) requirements. Gold open access is offered, and where funding is not available, authors may follow the Green open access route. They may upload their accepted manuscript to institutional and centrally organized repositories, but must stipulate that public availability be delayed until 12 months after first online publication in the journal.

NIH compliance

For NIH grantees, we are fully compliant with the National Institute of Health (NIH) Public Access policy. Oxford University Press automatically deposits all NIH-funded papers into PMC, provided NIH is acknowledged by the author as a funding source.

For more information on Funder policies, click here.

Use of the link to the version of record

On publication of their article, authors will receive a URL, providing access without charge to the version of record on the Oxford Journal website. This link may then be sent to interested colleagues, or posted on the author’s own personal or institutional website.

Accepted manuscript

The accepted manuscript is defined here as the final draft author manuscript, as accepted for publication by a journal, including modifications based on referees’ suggestions, before it has undergone copyediting and proof correction.

Authors may upload their accepted manuscript PDF to an institutional and/or centrally organized repository, provided that public availability is delayed until 12 months after first online publication in the journal.

When uploading an accepted manuscript to a repository, authors should include the following acknowledgment as well as a link to the version of record. This will guarantee that the version of record is readily available to those accessing the article from public repositories, and means that the article is more likely to be cited correctly.

This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in [insert journal title] following peer review. The version of record [insert complete citation information here] is available online at: xxxxxxx [insert URL that the author will receive upon publication here].

Author’s original version

The author’s original version is defined here as the un-refereed author version of an article that is considered by the author to be of sufficient quality to be submitted for formal peer review by a second party. The author accepts full responsibility for the article, which may have a version number or date stamp and the content and layout is set out by the author. 

Authors can make their original version of the article available on their personal website, institutional websites, and on public pre-print servers.

On acceptance, the following statement should be added if possible:

This article has been accepted for publication in [Journal Title] Published by Oxford University Press.


Policy for Oxford Open articles only

Authors of Oxford Open articles are entitled to deposit their accepted manuscript or the version of record in institutional and/or centrally organized repositories and can make this publicly available immediately upon publication, provided that the journal and OUP are attributed as the original place of publication and that correct citation details are given. Authors should also deposit the URL of their published article, in addition to the PDF version.

The journal strongly encourages Oxford Open authors to deposit the version of record instead of the accepted manuscript. This will guarantee that the definitive version is readily available to those accessing your article from such repositories, and means that your article is more likely to be cited correctly.

Oxford Journals automatically deposits open access articles in PMC for the majority of journals participating in Oxford Open. For a list of journals involved and for the latest information on the status of PMC deposits for individual journals please see journals which offer an open access model.


For all queries relating to author self-archiving please contact Journals Permissions.

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