Update: Wellcome Trust open access policy for monographs & book chapters

The Wellcome Trust has extended its open access policy to include scholarly monographs and book chapters authored or co-authored by Trust grantholders that arise as part of their grant funded research.

As of today the extended policy applies to all grantholders who were awarded a grant before 1 October 2013. Formerly the policy was for grants awarded after October 2013.

A Tibetan doctor holding his family's medical texts (Theresia Hofer, Wellcome Images: https://www.flickr.com/photos/wellcomeimages/14933009688/)

A Tibetan doctor holding his family’s medical texts (Theresia Hofer, Wellcome Images: https://www.flickr.com/photos/wellcomeimages/14933009688/)


The details…

Full details of their policy are available on the Wellcome Trust website but to summarise:

•    All original scholarly monographs and book chapters authored or co-authored by Trust grant holders as part of their Wellcome funded research should be made Open Access

•    Outputs should be made available in PMC Bookshelf and Europe PMC as soon as possible, with a maximum embargo of 6 months. To do this authors/publishers should use the monograph and book chapter deposit form.

•    For LSHTM researchers Open Access charges can be paid from the LSHTM Wellcome Trust Open Access fund. See our Open Access web pages for details of how to do this.

•    Where an Open Access fee is paid monographs and book chapters must be made available immediately and be licensed to support reuse. The Wellcome Trust have stated that the Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC-BY) is strongly preferred but that they will accept non-commercial and/or no-derivatives licences (i.e. CC-BY-NC, or CC-BY-NC-ND).

What it does not include…

This new policy does not apply to textbooks, ‘trade’ books, general reference works or works of fiction, or to collections edited but not authored by Trust grant-holders. It would not affect, for example, a non-fiction work written by a medical historian aimed at a general audience and published by a commercial publisher.

This FAQ provides further information about this policy change.

How we can help you…

If you are funded by the Wellcome Trust and are in the process of publishing a monograph or book chapter please contact us or tweet us with details of the publication (title and publisher) and your grant number and we can provide guidance on how to access the fund and Wellcome Trust requirements.

So far we have a number of Open Access book chapters in our public access repository, LSHTM Research Online, but watch this space for developments in this area.