Open Access Policy

Definition of Open Access Publication from Bethesda Statement on Open Access Publishing: An
Open Access Publication [1] is one that meets the following two conditions:

1. The author(s) and copyright holder(s) grant(s) to all users a free, irrevocable, worldwide,
perpetual right of access to, and a license to copy, use, distribute, transmit and display
the work publicly and to make and distribute derivative works, in any digital medium for
any responsible purpose, subject to proper attribution of authorship [2], as well as the
right to make small numbers of printed copies for their personal use.
2. A complete version of the work and all supplemental materials, including a copy of the
permission as stated above, in a suitable standard electronic format is deposited
immediately upon initial publication in at least one online repository that is supported
by an academic institution, scholarly society, government agency, or other well-
established organization that seeks to enable open access, unrestricted distribution,
interoperability, and long-term archiving (for the biomedical sciences, PubMed Central is
such a repository).


1. Open access is a property of individual works, not necessarily journals or publishers.
2. Community standards, rather than copyright law, will continue to provide the
mechanism for enforcement of proper attribution and responsible use of the published
work, as they do now.

All research articles published in our journal Open Access journals are fully open access:
immediately freely available to read, download and share. Articles are published under the
terms of a Creative Commons license which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any
medium, provided the original work is properly cited.