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How do you make your Science author version open access?

Research funders mostly require publications based on their funding to be published open access almost immediately. The journal Science offers the opportunity to do so without paying an Article Processing Charge (APC).

Embargo period

Of articles published, including in Science, you usually give away your full copyright to the publisher. The latter then determines what you may do with your publication. Open access publication of your article in the Radboud Repository is then almost always subject to an embargo period, ranging from several months to years. Although our opt-out strategy limits the embargo period to six months after the first online publication, this is not sufficient for research funders. They require immediate open access publishing.

Author version of Science articles in the Radboud Repository

The journal Science conditionally grants permission for open access publication of the accepted version of your article in the Radboud Repository.

A text must be placed in the accepted version of the full article for this purpose.
Below is the text that Science uses:

Please place the following notice on the Accepted Version of your plan S paper that you distribute:

“Copyright © 20XX The Authors, some rights reserved, exclusive licensee American Association for the Advancement of Science. This author manuscript is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution license, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.”

 ("Creative Commons Attribution license" in the notice should link to https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ ) or for CC NY-ND link to (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/4.0/).

Other terms of Science

The other terms and conditions, as formulated by Science:

  • "9. If Your article is peer-reviewed research, You can post your Accepted Version to your website or the public repository of your choice upon publication by AAAS (The Accepted Version should not be modified to resemble the publisher formatted Final Published Version). You agree to include a link to the Final Published Version published on the Science website and the appropriate license terms as follows:
  • a. If Your manuscript was submitted to a Science subscription journal on or after January 1, 2021 and Your research was funded by a cOAlition S funder, You may apply a CC BY license (or a CC BY-ND license if permitted by your funder) to your Accepted Version.
  • b. If 9a above does not apply and Your manuscript was submitted to a Science subscription journal on or after January 1, 2023 and it is subject to "open access" policies of Your employers and/or funders that require distribution of the Accepted Version under a CC BY license, You may apply the CC BY license to your Accepted Version.
  • c. If neither 9a nor 9b above apply, You agree to include the following on the Accepted Version that you distribute pursuant to this license: "This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here by permission of the AAAS for personal use, not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Science doi: 10.1126/science.adf2685."

More information

This practice avoids paying quite a bit of money to publish your article in open access.
If you have more examples of scientific journals that offer this option, please let us know.

Contact information

For all questions about open access publishing, please contact the open access team: openaccess [at] ubn.ru.nl (openaccess[at]ubn[dot]ru[dot]nl) We are happy to help!

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Library of Science