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Open Access (rights and permissions)

At Journal of Cell Science, we realise that different authors may have different needs when it comes to article access policies.

If your funder or institute mandate any aspect of Open Access, we recommend that you select the journal’s Gold Open Access option during submission. Your article will be published under a CC-BY licence and research papers will be deposited into PubMed Central (PMC) for immediate release. Journal of Cell Science charges an article processing charge (APC) of £2,750 (plus VAT if applicable) for this Gold Open Access option. This includes costs relating to quality peer review; support for academic editors; plagiarism and image manipulation checks; text editing; layout; and online hosting, dissemination and archiving. If you pay for Open Access publication and we fail to fulfil these Open Access commitments, an APC rebate is available – please contact the editorial office.

Institutional Read & Publish Agreements

The Company of Biologists is embracing the move towards Open Access with a series of pilot Read & Publish Agreements with leading consortia and academic institutions. These multi-year agreements allow researchers from participating institutions to publish an unlimited number of Open Access articles in the Company's hybrid journals, including Journal of Cell Science. The agreements also grant unlimited access to the Company's journals, including the full archive dating back as far as 1853. All research papers accepted for publication on or after 1 January 2020 qualify for free Open Access publishing under these agreements. Open Access fees will be waived for corresponding authors affiliated with any of the participating institutions. If your institution is part of a Read & Publish Agreement, we recommend that you select the journal's Gold Open Access option during submission of your manuscript. An APC payment link will be sent to the corresponding author at acceptance and waivers will be applied automatically based on the institution details provided at submission. Publication will proceed following verification by the institution and articles will be published under a CC-BY license.

To find out if you are eligible for a waiver, see our list of participating institutions.

Libraries and library consortia can find out more on our Read & Publish pages or contact subscriptions@biologists.com.


If you do not have any specific Open Access needs, your article will be published automatically under the Green Open Access model. For the first six months your article will only be accessible by subscribers of the journal. After six months, the article will be made freely available for everyone. Publishing under the Green Open Access model in Journal of Cell Science is completely free.

If you do not want your article to be Gold Open Access, but must comply with PMC deposition mandates, it is essential that you fully and correctly indicate all funder/institute PMC mandates for all authors as part of the submission process. Your research paper will then be deposited in PMC for release after 6 or 12 months as mandated. This is a free service offered to authors of research papers who require deposition in US/NLM PMC. If you fail to select the correct options during submission and PMC deposition is requested at a later stage, we reserve the right to charge $50 for the PMC deposition service.

We are also a member of CHORUS and will ensure that your article complies with US public access mandates.

These options should allow you to comply with any funder/institute mandates.

Authors should be aware that some article types are already free to read on our site: Editorial, Publisher’s Note, Correction, Retraction, Obituary, Research Highlight and occasional other selected articles.

Further details on our Gold Open Access and Green Open Access options are listed in the table below.

 

Gold Open Access

Green Open Access (this is applied to all other papers)

Author information

Fees

Article Processing Charge (APC): £2,750 (plus VAT if applicable). Payments can also be made in US dollars or euros. Discounts or waivers may apply if your institution is part of a Read & Publish Agreement.

FREE to the author

License

CC-BY license

Company of Biologists Publication Agreement

Copyright owner

The author

The author

Preprint servers

This journal allows posting of the non-peer reviewed version of primary research papers on preprint servers. Versions that have been revised following peer review at this journal should not be posted.

This journal allows posting of the non-peer reviewed version of primary research papers on preprint servers. Versions that have been revised following peer review at this journal should not be posted.

Content freely available on journal website

Immediately upon publication

FREE to read 6 months after publication; Company of Biologists retains exclusive license.

Use in other articles created by the author

Allowed by CC-BY license

Data, figures and tables created by the author can be reused in other articles by that author.

FREE deposition in US/NLM PMC

FREE author service for research papers. Immediately upon publication. Final published PDF.

FREE author service for research papers where mandated by funder or institution (e.g. NIH, HHMI). Where funders mandate deposition in Europe PMC, see Self archiving permissions below.

Self archiving

Posting on author's website

Immediately upon publication of the final version. Any version, including final published PDF. Must attribute source e.g. by citing doi and linking to the published article on the journal website.

Immediately upon publication of the final version. Any version, including final published PDF. Must link to published article on journal website.

Inclusion in thesis

Immediately upon publication. Any version, including final published PDF. Must attribute source e.g. by citing doi and linking to the published article on the journal website.

Immediately upon publication. Any version, including final published PDF. Must link to published article on journal website.

Institutional repository, thesis repository or PMC Europe

Immediately upon publication. Any version, including final published PDF. Must attribute source e.g. by citing doi and linking to the published article on the journal website.

If mandated by funder or institute. 12 months after publication unless otherwise mandated. Any version, including final published PDF. Must link to published article on journal website.

Use by parties other than the authors

Teaching purposes

Allowed by CC-BY license

Use for bona fide teaching is allowed on the condition that it is non-commercial.

Commercial use

Allowed by CC-BY license

Permission requests via CCC

Third party article collections

Allowed by CC-BY license

Permission requests via CCC

Responsible text and data mining

Allowed by CC-BY license

Responsible TDM allowed on the condition that it is non-commercial.

We are partners in a number of international schemes (such as Hinari) to provide access immediately and free of charge to the world’s poorest countries.

Data mining

Article full text, metadata and citations may be crawled without special permission or registration, on the condition that it is non-commercial. We are happy to consider commercial TDM requests – please email requests to tdm@biologists.com. We ask that where you reuse content you attribute the original source e.g. by citing doi and linking to the published article on the journal website, and that you respect the copyright of the original articles.

Please bear in mind that, should usage exceed 200 requests in 3 minutes from a single IP, users will need to complete a Captcha. If you have any other technical queries, please email tdm@biologists.com.

Permission to use material from other publications in the company journals

It is the responsibility of the author to obtain permission to use material (e.g. figures) from another publication in any article submitted to our journals and to ensure that any such use is credited to the source. Written permission from the author and/or publisher of the original material, as appropriate, should be provided at the time of submission, otherwise publication may be delayed. If you have modified a figure from a previously published figure, please check with the copyright owners to see whether permission is required and include a complete citation/reference for the original article.

The Company of Biologists' websites

The contents of this and other websites owned by The Company of Biologists Limited are protected by copyright. Users may seek permission to reproduce material by accessing the Copyright Clearance Centre. Nothing set out here affects any rights that you may have under the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 in the UK or any equivalent fair dealing or fair use provisions in other jurisdictions.

Although, through extensive proof-reading, The Company of Biologists Limited has taken care to ensure that the information, data and other contents of our web sites are error free and up-to-date as at the time of writing, we give no warranties (express or implied) regarding the accuracy, currency or applicability of any of the contents.

The Company of Biologists Limited accepts no responsibility for and excludes all liability in connection with the use of this site, including but not limited to any liability for errors, inaccuracies, omissions or misleading or defamatory statements. In each case, such exclusion shall apply under any theory of liability and we specifically exclude liability for indirect, special, consequential and incidental damages whether or not The Company of Biologists Limited have been advised of the possibility of damages.

Disclaimer: Responsibility for (1) the accuracy of statements of fact; (2) the authenticity of scientific findings or observations; (3) expressions of scientific or other opinion; (4) any other material published in the journal rests solely with the author(s) of the article in which such statements, etc., appear. No responsibility for such matters is assumed by the Journal, its owners, publishers, referees or staff.

For all other matters relating to the reproduction of material, please email permissions@biologists.com.

 

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