The Physiological Society statement on access

The Physiological Society is committed to the principle of public access to research results published in The Journal of Physiology and Experimental Physiology as far as it is compatible with sustaining its scientific mission and the viability and quality of its journals.

Publication costs

Publication of research results is expensive. In the US, many journals impose submission and page charges. While funding bodies in the US allow for such publication costs in their grants, this is not common practice in the UK. The Society journals do not, therefore, charge authors for normal (non open access) submissions, the costs of publication being largely funded from subscriptions.

Public access policies

Funding agencies have become increasingly engaged in the debate about the future of scholarly communication and the dissemination of peer-reviewed scientific articles. A number of such public access policies have now been released into the public domain, the most notable of which are the following:

Author-pays-to-publish option

To assist authors whose funding agencies mandate public access to published research findings sooner than 12 months after publication The Journal of Physiology and Experimental Physiology, through their publisher Wiley, currently offer authors the option of paying an open access fee to have their papers made freely available upon publication.
Details of this can be found at Wiley OnlineOpen.
Your institution/funder may have an account or agreement with Wiley for payment of OA fees - Click here to find out.
The fee is US$3950 for The Journal of Physiology and $2950 for Experimental Physiology.


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Select your funder or institution then select your journal of choice to see how to comply with open access policies or mandates.

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Information for NIH-funded researchers

From 2008, the NIH mandated that grant-holders post their published papers in PubMed Central within 12 months of publication. The NIH mandate applies to all articles based on research that has been wholly or partially funded by the NIH and that are accepted for publication on or after 7 April 2008.

The Journal of Physiology is published on PubMed Central, with a twelve month embargo on public access – the final published version is publicly available 12 months after publication. No further action is needed by the authors.

For papers accepted for publication in Experimental Physiology, in order to help authors comply with the NIH mandate, Wiley will post the accepted manuscript (incorporating all amendments made during peer review, but prior to the publisher's copy-editing and typesetting) of articles by NIH grant-holders to PubMed Central at the point of acceptance by the journal. This version will then be made publicly available in PubMed Central 12 months after publication. Following the deposit Wiley authors will receive further communications from the NIH with respect to the submission. For further information, see the Wiley Open Access Options.

If authors wish to make their final published article immediately openly accessible, they can pay to publish using Wiley's OnlineOpen service. The fee is US$3950 for The Journal of Physiology and $2950 for Experimental Physiology.

NIH-funded authors do not infringe copyright by publishing in The Journal of Physiology and Experimental Physiology.


Information for Wellcome Trust-funded researchers

The Wellcome Trust requires electronic copies of any research papers that have been accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal, and are supported in whole or in part by Wellcome Trust funding, to be deposited into PubMed Central (or UK PubMed Central). This requirement applies from 1 October 2006 to all grants, regardless of award date. The Trust will provide Grant Holders with additional funding to cover the costs of open access publishing so that they can post their articles on PubMed Central immediately on publication. This funding will be provided for articles reporting research that was part-funded by Wellcome.

  • Wellcome Trust position statement in support of open and unrestricted access to published research.

Authors funded by the Wellcome Trust who wish to publish in The Journal of Physiology or Experimental Physiology should apply to the Trust (openaccess@wellcome.ac.uk) or their research institution for funds to pay the OnlineOpen fee (US$3950 for The Journal of Physiology and $2950 for Experimental Physiology) to make their papers free to all readers as soon as they are published. The OnlineOpen Order Form can be found on the Publisher's website but you are not required to fill this in before the manuscript has been accepted. Wellcome Trust-funded authors will be directed to sign a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) licence post acceptance.


Information for British Heart Foundation-funded researchers

As a Condition of Grant the BHF requires that a copy of the final version of each peer-reviewed research paper accepted for publication, supported in whole or in part by BHF funding, shall be deposited in UKPMC, to be made freely available within 6 months of publication. If extra publication costs are required for open access in UKPMC, BHF will reimburse valid fees, or a proportion in the case of multiple funders, on full papers acknowledging BHF with the grant number. The University should pay the open access charge in the first instance and then submit a claim stating the BHF grant number to BHF with a copy of the journal’s open access invoice and a copy of the published paper.

Authors funded by The British Heart Foundation who wish to publish in The Journal of Physiology or Experimental Physiology should apply to the Foundation (research@bhf.org.uk) or their research institution for funds to pay the OnlineOpen fee (US$3950 for The Journal of Physiology and $2950 for Experimental Physiology) to make their papers free to all readers as soon as they are published. The OnlineOpen Order Form can be found on the Publisher's website.


Information for Research Council UK (RCUK)-funded researchers

From the 1 April 2013, all researchers that are in receipt of funding from RCUK will be required to comply with their policy on open access (OA) and accessibility to underlying research materials. RCUK-funded authors may wish to watch this three minute YouTube video that outlines the process. The policy states that to be compliant journals must offer a “pay to publish” (gold OA) option. When an article publication charge is paid the policies also mandate the use of the Creative Commons Attribution license (CC-BY). This policy applies to the publication of peer-reviewed research articles and conference proceedings that acknowledge funding from the UK’s Research Councils. All papers must include details of the funding that supported the research and, if applicable, a statement on whether and how the underlying research materials – such as data, samples or models – can be accessed. In order to help the implementation of the policy, the Research Councils introduced, from April 2013, a new funding mechanism - a block grant to universities and eligible research organisations to cover the cost of article processing charges (APCs).

Authors funded by RCUK who wish to publish in The Journal of Physiology or Experimental Physiology should, upon acceptance, pay the OnlineOpen fee (US$3950 for The Journal of Physiology and $2950 for Experimental Physiology) to make their papers free to all readers as soon as they are published. The OnlineOpen Order Form can be found on the Publisher's website but you are not required to fill this in before the manuscript has been accepted. RCUK-funded authors will be directed to sign a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) licence post acceptance.


Information for HEFCE-funded institutions

To be eligible for submission to the next Research Excellence Framework (REF), journal articles accepted for publication after 1 April 2016 must be made free to read and download within three months of publication. Importantly, an exception is made where a journal specifies an embargo period. Authors should deposit the paper but not make it free to read until the journal embargo ends. The Journal of Physiology and Experimental Physiology are therefore both fully compliant with HEFCE policy.

From 1 April 2016 the author’s final, accepted version of the article must be deposited in a repository within three months of the date of publication on the publisher’s website (for articles accepted from 1 April 2017, HEFCE plans to change this to within three months of acceptance). Deposited material should be discoverable, and free to read and download, for anyone with an internet connection. However as an exception the policy allows repositories to respect embargo periods set by publications. Where a journal has an embargo period, authors can comply with the policy by making a ‘closed’ deposit. Closed deposits must be discoverable to anyone with an internet connection before the full text becomes available to read and download (which will occur after the embargo period has elapsed). In the case of The Journal of Physiology and Experimental Physiology the embargo period is 12 months.

If authors wish to make their final published article immediately openly accessible (gold Open Access), they can pay to publish using Wiley’s OnlineOpen service. The fee is US$3950 for The Journal of Physiology and $2950 for Experimental Physiology. To allow authors to deposit the final published version instead of the accepted manuscript, HEFCE also allows an exception to the deposit requirements for outputs published as gold Open Access, while strongly encouraging these outputs to be deposited as soon as possible after publication.


Licence options

If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the Exclusive License Agreement
If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the Exclusive License Agreement (ELA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the ELA can be previewed here.

Please do not complete this PDF until you are prompted to login into Author Services as described above.

For authors choosing OnlineOpen
If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

  • Creative Commons Attribution License OAA
  • Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA
  • Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services.

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements.


Note to Contributors on Deposit of Accepted Version

Funder arrangements
Certain funders, including the NIH, members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) and Wellcome Trust require deposit of the Accepted Version in a repository after an embargo period. Details of funding arrangements are set out at on the Publisher's website. Please contact the Journal production editor if you have additional funding requirements.

Institutions
Wiley has arrangements with certain academic institutions to permit the deposit of the Accepted Version in the institutional repository after an embargo period. Details of funding arrangements are set out at on the Publisher's website.


Response to public access policies

The Society has concerns that these policies could threaten the long term viability and standards of the journals we publish. Where public access policies require authors to post their articles on open access websites, before they are made available by the journals, this will potentially jeopardise subscriptions to the journal and therefore requires the introduction of charges to the author. The editorial boards of The Journal of Physiology and Experimental Physiology have also voiced the concern that public access policies may erode the quality of the peer review process which, for both journals, is justifiably acknowledged to be amongst the most fair and thorough in the field of life science journals. The Physiological Society and the editorial boards of The Journal of Physiology and Experimental Physiology therefore believe that the costs of publishing research papers must be adequately funded so that the scientific community and the wider public can continue to benefit from effective peer review and publisher-funded enhancements. In addition, income from the journals is used by The Society to fund scientific meetings, grants and educational activities, all of which provide direct charitable support for physiology and physiologists.

For information about The Society’s open access journal, Physiological Reports, co-owned with the American Physiological Society, please go to the Physiological Reports website.


Free content

Free access is provided to all content one year after publication. Institutions in designated developing countries are granted immediate free access to both journals through Research4Life and INASP (see 'Developing World Access'). In addition, all the back issues of The Journal of Physiology from volume 1 (1878) have been scanned through the generosity of the Wellcome Trust and are freely available electronically on PubMed Central and the Publisher's website.

The Physiological Society has funded a similar digitisation programme for Experimental Physiology and all back issues of Experimental Physiology, formerly the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Physiology, are freely available electronically on the Puvlisher's website.