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Sweet & Maxwell Journals Open Access Policy

As part of the Open Access requirements for publicly funded research articles, Sweet & Maxwell implements the following policies for qualifying articles published in Sweet & Maxwell journals.

For articles acknowledging UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) funding or funding from any of the participating cOAlition S Plan S initiative funders, the following policy can be followed:

    • The ‘Green’ publishing model is being adopted
    • Authors can deposit their final accepted manuscript on any repository (not the published pdf)*
    • Immediate access from publication date to deposit/ availability in a repository
    • An unrestricted use licence applies (CC BY)
    • A full credit line should be included on all deposited manuscripts in the form:

    This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in [insert journal title] following peer review. The definitive published version [insert complete citation information here] is available online on Westlaw UK.

    This policy applies only to articles based on Publicly Funded Research from qualifying public funding organisations. For all other articles a 12-month embargo applies from publication to distribution on public/OA repositories.


    *Final accepted manuscript is the final submitted article post-referee comments but pre-copy editing and proof correction.