Open Access Option

Regardless of any funding-source considerations, authors may choose to publish with open access in any of the ASHA journals. In doing so, simply select the Creative Commons Attribution license that best suits the work and supply that information during submission of the manuscript.

Please note: Because of the extensive costs borne by ASHA in submission and peer review, production, and online hosting and preservation, ASHA assesses an article processing charge (APC) of $2,500 for the open access option. This fee must be paid upon acceptance for publication.

To avoid potential delays in publication, ASHA strongly encourages authors to determine whether to publish via open access before submitting a manuscript. Doing so affects other processes, such as whether to require a copyright transfer agreement and how to construct the footer of the published article.

If you have already submitted your manuscript and would like to request open access, then please email journals@asha.org or complete the Open Access Request Form.

For a limited time, ASHA Journals authors can save at least 20% on the article processing charge (APC) for open access. Learn more about this limited-time offer.

Please note: Choosing the open access option has no bearing on the nature of the peer review of the submission.

 

NIH Public Access Policy

On April 7, 2008, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy mandated that authors who have received NIH funding must make that research publicly accessible in PubMed Central (PMC), NIH’s free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature.

ASHA now deposits to PubMed Central, on behalf of authors, any articles that have received NIH funding. These articles are made publicly available via PMC—in their final, published form—6 months after publication. All NIH-funded articles published in ASHA’s journals from the first issues of 2015 forward have been deposited to PMC.

For these deposited articles, copyright is held by ASHA unless the authors would like to also choose to publish the article as open access. Choosing to publish via open access is not a requirement of the NIH Public Access policy.

 

RCUK Open Access Policy

ASHA journals are 100% compliant with the open access policy of the Research Councils U.K. (RCUK).

RCUK requires that any research funded by any of their seven research councils and submitted for publication from April 1, 2013, forward must be made freely accessible online, with an embargo period of no longer than 6 months. In addition, the published research must include a license that permits copying, distribution, and reuse.

Authors can choose to comply with the RCUK policy by either a gold or green open access option.

 

Gold Open Access

Authors choosing gold open access will:

  • Identify during manuscript submission that the RCUK was a funding source for the research being reported.
  • Request that a Creative Commons CC BY license be used on the article if accepted for publication. A copyright transfer agreement will, thus, not be a requirement for publication.
  • Pay an article processing charge (APC) of $2,500 upon acceptance for publication.

ASHA will then publish the article with the CC BY license and provide immediate and permanent open access to the final published article on the journal website.

 

Green Open Access

Authors opting for green open access will be choosing a self-archiving means of compliance with the RCUK open access policy, which involves the following:

  • Authors must retain a copy of their accepted manuscript (i.e., the version reflecting all peer-review related revisions).
  • Authors then must post the accepted manuscript in their required institutional repository in accordance with ASHA’s embargo period. ASHA requires a 6-month embargo following the date of final publication.
  • When posting the accepted manuscript to the institutional repository, authors must add a Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND license to the manuscript. A link back to the final published version of the ASHA journal website must also be provided on the manuscript.

There are no fees for the authors or the institution for this green open access option.

 

Wellcome Trust

Authors funded by the Wellcome Trust can be assured that publishing in the ASHA journals will allow them to be fully compliant with their funder’s open access policy. Authors can choose to comply with the requirements of the Wellcome Trust by choosing either a gold or green open access option.

 

Gold Open Access

  • During manuscript submission, authors must identify Wellcome Trust as a funding source.
  • If the article is accepted for publication, ASHA will add a Creative Commons CC BY license to the article and will not require a copyright transfer agreement to be signed.
  • Before publication, authors must ensure that they or their institution pays the article processing charge of $2,500 to ASHA .
  • Upon publication, the article will be made immediately and permanently available via open access on the ASHA journal website.
  • Upon publication, ASHA will deposit the final published article to PubMed Central (PMC) and to its mirror sites such as Europe PMC, on behalf of authors.
Invoicing

Wellcome Trust–funded authors electing the Gold open access option will receive an invoice that includes the article title, DOI, funder information, license information, author names and affiliation information, funder identifiers, and ORCiDs (if available).

Refunds

The author may withdraw their article at any time prior to publication without incurring an article processing charge or administrative fee. Postpublication refunds are not permitted.

 

Green Open Access

Authors opting for green open access will be choosing a self-archiving means of compliance with the Wellcome Trust’s open access policy, which involves the following:

  • Authors must retain a copy of their accepted manuscript (i.e., the version reflecting all peer-review related revisions).
  • Authors then must post the accepted manuscript in Wellcome’s repository Europe PMC in accordance with ASHA’s embargo period. ASHA requires a 6-month embargo following the date of final publication.
  • When posting the accepted manuscript to the Europe PMC repository, authors must add a Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND license to the manuscript. A link back to the final published version of the ASHA journal website must also be provided on the manuscript.

There is no article processing charge due to ASHA for electing to use this means of providing open access to the article.

 

Charity Open Access Fund Support

The ASHA journals extend their Wellcome Trust support to Charity Open Access Fund (COAF) grantholders. Either the Gold or Green Open Access Option may be chose by authors who have been funded by any of the following six COAF partners: