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Radiation Research Policy on Submission of Papers to Open Access Sites

Some funding agencies now ask or require that copies of published papers written with support from their funding be placed in open access repositories, where they will be available without cost. In some cases, journal editors are being asked to ensure that the papers posted on a specific website accurately represent the papers published in their journals.

To ensure the integrity of the papers published on open access sites, including personal, departmental and institutional sites, Radiation Research, with the approval of the Radiation Research Society Council, has established a policy requiring that every paper submitted to open access repositories or websites be a PDF of the final paper that has been obtained from the Journal through the payment of page charges. For papers that are in press, authors who pay page charges will receive a PDF (authors may also obtain both a PDF and reprints for an additional charge). For papers that have already been published, authors who paid page charges and received reprints may purchase a PDF at a nominal cost; a PDF will be provided upon request to authors who paid page charges but did not order reprints. Authors who did not pay page charges prior to publication must pay the page charges if they wish to obtain a PDF.

National Institutes of Health Public Access Policy: Authors of manuscripts reporting NIHfunded work that are accepted for publication after April 7, 2008 are required to deposit their papers in the National Library of Medicine’s PubMedCentral (PMC) database. Details of the new NIH policy can be found at Radiation Research will deposit the PDFs in PMC on the authors’ behalf when page charges have been paid. The Journal’s embargo period for open access on PMC is 12 months.

Authors should note that the costs of page charges cover only about one third of the cost of processing and publishing their manuscripts. The remainder of the publication costs are recovered through subscription costs, advertising, and other sources. Because of this, the costs of page charges in Radiation Research are far less than the mandatory publication charges assessed by "open access” journals.

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