Open Access policy

Articles submitted to AboutOpen are published after having successfully completed their peer review process. The publication of open access articles is covered by article processing charges (APC) paid by the author after acceptance. There are no submission fees, no fees for rejected articles and there is no additional cost for manuscript length, colour items or supplementary files, including videos. APC is waived for invited reviews and editorials.

All readers have unlimited access to the full text of all articles published in the journal, without subscription or other firewalls, with no embargo period. Open Access contents are therefore more effectively included in search engines and indexing databases, resulting in larger visibility and higher citation.  Authors retain copyright of their work and all articles are published under the Creative Commons NonCommercial 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC 4.0) which allows users to:

  • Read, print and download
  • Copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format
  • Translate (for private use only)
  • Reuse portions or extracts from the article in other works, quoting original source

Manuscripts funded by the Wellcome Trust, RCUK, and other organizations with the same requirements, Open Access papers are published under the Creative Common Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) which allows users to:

  • Remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially.

Re-use for commercial purposes is not permitted. Contact our permission office

For additional information on our open access policy, please contact us.


Please note that all articles published until December 31, 2019 have been published under the more restrictive  Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)