Open Access Publications - Checklist

  1. Have you correctly described underpinning data availability?
    • Data availability should be described in a section of the paper's 'Methods' section, even if it needs to be noted elsewhere as per journal guidelines. The main study-level EBI accession number (e.g., EGAS00000000029) should always be provided in this main description of data availability (in the 'Methods' section). So should a link to the corresponding Sanger Website More Data web page if you have used one. Further detail, such as long lists of data set-level accession numbers (e.g., EGAD00001000002), can go in supplementary material.
  2. Have you correctly acknowledged funding?
    • In the case of a single funder the acknowledgement should read "This work was supported by the Wellcome Trust grant [098051]".
    • In the case of multiple grants the acknowledgement should be: "This work was supported by the Wellcome Trust grant [098051]; the Natural Environment Research Council grant [xxxx]; and the Economic and Social Research Council grant [aaaa]."
    • To be clear: if the work was funded by a third party, both the third party and the Wellcome Trust grant should be acknowledged (as described above) unless all authors were solely funded by third parties.
    • For research carried out after October 2011, please use the institute-wide Wellcome Trust grant number: 098051.
  3. Is the paper a research publication (a publication that is a peer-reviewed, original (primary) research paper - not an editorial, review or conference proceeding)?
    • Although editorials, reviews and conference proceedings do not fall under the submission requirements, nor do all scholarly monographs and book chapters, they should be made open access if possible.
    If your editorial, review or conference proceeding cannot be made open access, then skip points 4 and 5 below.
  4. Have you selected a journal that is WT-compliant? And have you selected the correct WT-compliant access option for your publication? The general rule is that the option which allows the quickest submission to Europe PMC must be selected. As of 1 April 2013, if you have paid an open access fee, the journal must use the Creative Commons, Attribution license, Version 2.0 (CC-BY) for the paper to be WT-compliant, and you may need to select this option. The costs should be reasonably split between authors.
    • Please check the journals' compliance status and which of their publication options should be selected using SHERPA FACT, available at
  5. Europe PMC Submission Info
    Will the journal automatically submit to EuropePMC for you?
    • Please quickly check the list below of journals that WTSI has published in over the last few years that require author-led submission to Europe PMC (as of 14.02.2013). A fuller list is available from SHERPA FACT, available at
    If NOT:
    • Submit the Final Author's Draft (the version that is accepted for journal publication and includes all modifications from the publishing peer-review process) AND supplementary online material files to Europe PMC via Europe PMC Plus (see link at the end of this section).
    • If there is a journal-required delay period before the publication can be made available through Europe PMC, be careful to set this delay when submitting to Europe PMC. Note: 6 months is the maximum delay allowed for papers to be WT-compliant.
    • Follow this link to Submit Now


Journals requiring author-led submission to Europe PMC (as of 14.02.13)

Note: the journal-required delay period before the publication can be made available through Europe PMC for the following journals is 6 months.

  • Archives of General Psychiatry
  • Circulation
  • Circulation Research
  • Diabetes
  • Diabetes Care
  • Hypertension, Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
  • Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
  • JAMA
  • Nature Protocols
  • Nature Reviews
  • New England Journal of Medicine
  • Science
  • Science Translational Medicine
  • Stem Cells

Data Sharing Guidelines

The Data Sharing Guidelines provide details about implementing the Data Sharing Policy. Please download the Data Sharing Guidelines.

Publication Policy

The Publication Policy provides information for collaborators on how WTSI implements the WT open access policy. Please download the Publication Policy.

Human Genetics Data Security Policy

The Human Genetics Data Security Policy describes data security procedures for working with managed access data. Please download the Human Genetics Data Security Policy.

Relevant Documents and References

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