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Open Access options for authors

Historical Research is a hybrid journal offering authors the option of Gold or Green Open Access (OA). The choice is made entirely by the author after an article is accepted for publication and has no bearing on the outcome of the submission process.

Gold Open Access 

OnlineOpen allows articles to be made freely available to everyone, including those who don’t subscribe to the journal. To cover the cost of publishing, authors pay an article publication charge (APC). This is normally covered by the author’s funder or institution.

Key features

  • The article is freely available via the Wiley Online Library
  • Authors can post the final, published PDF of their article on a website, institutional repository or other free public server
  • Authors retain copyright with a Creative Commons license
  • Authors can fully comply with funder Open Access mandates

Green Open Access 

Green OA, or self-archiving, is when the author, institution or publisher places a version of their article online in a repository or website. Historical Research allows immediate self-archiving (zero embargo) of the Submitted Version of the article. The Accepted Version of the article (post peer review) is subject to an embargo in the repository of 24 months.

The final published article or Version of Record (which includes copy and stylistic edits, online and print formatting, citation and other linking, deposit in abstracting and indexing services, and the addition of bibliographic and other material), is available through subscribing libraries and institutions or by personal subscriptions.

Further information

More information about Open Access policies and publishing for historians can be found at UK Research and Innovation and at the Royal Historical Society.