Open Access Policy

Research funded by the British Heart Foundation should be made freely available to the broader scientific community and to the public to maximise its reach and benefit.

All Grantholders must therefore comply with our Policy on Open Access, and should ensure that  an electronic copy of each primary research paper funded wholly or in part by us is made freely available in Europe PubMed Central as soon as possible and no later than 6 months after publication.

Open Access Publication Policy details

1. Publishing your research

Europe PubMed Central is a free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature, funded by a consortium of the leading UK and European biomedical research funders, including the British Heart Foundation.

It provides a stable, permanent and free online digital archive of full-text, peer-reviewed research publications. It is based on PubMed Central (PMC) - the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature. It also provides innovative tools and services for the research community by integrating text mining services which highlight and link biological entity types found within the text of an article to external data sources.

2. Open Access publication is a condition of your grant

As a Condition of Grant we require that a copy of the final version of each peer-reviewed primary research paper accepted for publication, supported in whole or in part by our funding, shall be deposited in Europe PMC, to be made freely available as soon as possible and no later than 6 months after publication.

We will provide the names and contact details of the Grantholders to third parties in connection with the administration of the Europe PMC database and website, and they may contact Grantholders directly for such purposes.

3. Ensure your publisher supports Open Access

All of our Grantholders submitting manuscripts to journals should find out in advance whether the publisher supports open access and how they can comply with paragraph 2 above.

4. Open Access options

Many journals will deposit the final published version of the article on behalf of the authors directly into Europe PMC (or into US PubMed Central, from where they are mirrored to Europe PMC) to be made freely available immediately on publication (often referred to as ‘Gold’ Open Access). Journals charge an Article Processing Charge (APC) for this option and the British Heart Foundation will pay these costs (please read paragraph 8 on how to reclaim these fees).

Alternatively, the journal may deposit the final, peer-reviewed manuscript in Europe PMC to be made freely available after a 6 month embargo period (often referred to as ‘Green’ Open Access). Usually no fee is charged for this service.

In some cases, the journal will not deposit the article but will allow the authors to deposit a copy of the final, peer-reviewed manuscript in Europe PMC to be made freely available after a 6 month embargo period. Europe PMC has an author manuscript submission system for authors to self-archive papers.

5. Which Open Access option should I choose?

The British Heart Foundation supports immediate, unrestricted (‘Gold’) open access to primary research articles and will reimburse valid fees.

Some journals offer either immediate, unrestricted open access or the option for deposition/self-archiving in Europe PMC. In these cases, please choose the immediate, unrestricted Open Access option. The British Heart Foundation will reimburse the valid fees incurred.

If the journal doesn’t offer an immediate Open Access option, your article should still be made freely available in Europe PMC no later than six months after publication. If the journal offers a service to deposit your article in Europe PMC, you should choose this option. If not, you'll need to self-archive.

For your convenience we have listed the Open Access options offered by a number of journals.

Journals Open Access Options

Journal/publishing house

Impact factor

Open Access Policy compliance

Action required by authors

Fee *may be subject to change

Acta Physiol (Oxf).

2.81

Yes

Author pays option - select OnlineOpen option

$3000

Age Ageing.

3.131

Yes

Author-pays option - Select "OxfordOpen option"

£1700

Am J Cardiol.

3.575

Yes

Author-pays option - Select "Elsevier Funded access option"

$3000

Am J Clin Nutr.

3.958

Yes

Author-pays option

$45

Am J Epidemiol.

5.589

Yes

Author-pays option - Select "OxfordOpen option"

£1700

Am J Physiol Cell Physiol.

3.485

Yes

Author-pays option - Select "APS Author Choice option"

$3000

Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol.

2.747

Yes

Author-pays option - Select "APS Author Choice option"

$3,000

Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol.

7.235

Yes

LWW will deposit author manuscript using UKPMC+

 

Atherosclerosis.

4.522

Yes

Author-pays option - Select "Elsevier Funded access option"

$3000

Biochem Biophys Res Commun.

2.548

Yes

Author-pays option - Select "Elsevier Funded access option"

$3000

Biochem J.

 

Yes

Author-pays - Select "Opt2pay" option

1500

Biochem Soc Trans.

3.378

Yes

Author-pays - Select "Opt2pay" option

£1500

Biophys J.

4.39

Yes

Author-pays option

$1000

Blood.

10.555

Yes

Author-pays option

$2,000

BMJ.

13.66

Yes

No action required - Publisher deposits final paper in PMC

 

Br J Gen Pract.

2.442

Unknown

   

Br J Pharmacol.

5.204

Yes

Author-pays option - Select "Wiley/Blackwell Online Open"

$3,000

Cardiovasc Res.

5.801

Yes

Author-pays option - Select "OxfordOpen option"

£1700

Circ Cardiovasc Genet.

 

Yes

Self-archive author manuscript using UKPMC+

 

Circ Res.

9.214

Yes

Self-archive author manuscript using UKPMC+

 

Circulation.

10.893

Yes

Self-archive author manuscript using UKPMC+

 

Clin Sci (Lond).

3.982

Yes

Author-pays - Select "Opt2pay" option

£1500

Diabetes Care.

6.718

Yes

Self-archive author manuscript using UKPMC+

 

Diabetes.

8.505

Yes

Self-archive author manuscript using UKPMC+

 

Diabetologia.

6.551

Yes

Author pays option - select Springer Open Choice option

$3000

Endocrinology.

 

Yes

Author pays option

$3000

Eur Heart J.

9.8

Yes

Author-pays option - Select "Oxford Open Author Choice option"

£1700

Eur J Clin Nutr.

3.072

Yes

Author-pays option

£2000(+VAT)

Eur J Heart Fail.

3.706

Yes

Author-pays option - Select "OxfordOpen option"

£1700

FEBS Lett.

3.319

Yes

Author-pays option - Select "Funded access option"

$3000

Heart Rhythm.

4.559

Yes

Author-pays option - Select "Elsevier Funded access option"

$3000

Heart.

5.385

Yes

Author-pays option

£1,700(+VAT)

Hypertension.

6.908

Yes

Self-archive author manuscript using UKPMC+

 

Int J Cardiol.

2.918

Yes

Author-pays option - Select "Elsevier Funded access option"

$3000

Int J Epidemiol.

5.262

Yes

Author-pays option - Select "OxfordOpen option"

£1700

J Am Coll Cardiol.

12.64

Yes  Author pays option Select "Elsevier Funded Access" option $3000

J Biol Chem.

5.581

Yes

Author pays option - Select "Author Choice option"

$1,500 for ASBMB members; $2,000 for nonmembers

J Cardiovasc Magn Reson.

2.28

Yes

No action required - Publisher deposits final paper in PMC

 

J Epidemiol Community Health.

3.043

Yes

Author-pays option

£1,700(+VAT)

J Hypertens.

3.980

Yes

LWW will deposit author manuscript using UKPMC+

 

J Immunol.

6

Yes

Self-archive author manuscript using UKPMC+

Contact journal

J Mol Cell Cardiol.

4.738

Yes

Author-pays option - Select "Funded access option"

$3000

J Physiol.

4.764

Yes

Author-pays option - Select "Wiley/Blackwell Online Open"

$3,000

J Thromb Haemost.

6.291

Yes

Author-pays option - Select "Wiley/Blackwell Online Open"

$3,000

Lancet.

28.4

Yes

Author-pays option - Select "Funded access option"

£400 per page

Nat Genet.

34.284

Yes

NPG will deposit author manuscript using UKPMC+

 

Nature.

34.48

Yes

NPG will deposit author manuscript using UKPMC+

 

Pflugers Arch.

3.695

Yes

Author pays option - select Springer Open Choice option

$3000

PLoS Genet.

NA

Yes

Open access journal (author pays)

$2250

PLoS One.

NA

Yes

Open access journal (author pays)

contact journal

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A.

9.432

Yes

Author-pays option - Select "open access option"

$950

Trends Cardiovasc Med.

4.367

Yes

Author-pays option - Select "Elsevier Funded access option"

$3000

6. Which license should I choose?

In the case of immediate Open Access, the British Heart Foundation encourages authors and publishers to license research papers using the Creative Commons Attribution license (CC-BY). For more information regarding licenses please visit the Creative Commons website.

7. Which types of publication are eligible for support?

We will, in principle, pay Open Access fees for the publication of peer-reviewed, primary research articles funded wholly or in part by us. We will not pay Open Access fees for review articles.

8. Claiming Open Access fees

All full research articles arising from BHF-funded research should acknowledge us by stating the relevant grant number. Where a research paper has arisen from research funded by more than one member of the Europe PMC Funders’ Group, the costs of making that paper open access should be split proportionally between the different funders of the research. A list of funding organisations that support Europe PMC can be found on the Europe PMC website.

However, if other acknowledged research funders are not members of the Europe PMC Funders' Group or the BHF is the major research funder of the reported work, then we will pay the full Open Access fees.

The University should pay the Open Access fees in the first instance and then submit a claim stating the BHF grant number, the Principal Investigator’s name and the Finance registration number EX/07/003/24663 to us with a copy of the journal’s Open Access invoice and a copy of the published paper. 

9. Non compliance

A small number of journals remain non-compliant with this Open Access policy. If a researcher wishes to publish a paper in a journal that will not allow deposition in Europe PMC and Open Access no later than 6 months of publication, a case must be made in advance to us, which we will grant only in exceptional circumstances.

10. General information on Open Access

For more general information about Open Access publication, the Wellcome Trust has a well-developed website to guide authors.

11. Queries

Further updates will follow as needed on our website. Specific queries can be emailed to research@bhf.org.uk or please call 020 7554 0434


August 2013