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Sweet & Maxwell Journals Open Access Policy

As part of the new Open Access requirements for publicly funded research articles as set out in the government’s Finch report and being adopted by the institutional funding bodies, Sweet & Maxwell are implementing the following policies for qualifying articles published in Sweet & Maxwell journals from 1 April 2013.

For articles acknowledging Research Councils UK (RCUK) funding the following applies in accordance with RCUK policy guidance.

  • The ‘Green’ publishing model is being adopted
  • Authors can deposit their final accepted manuscript on any repository (not the published pdf)*
  • A 12 month embargo applies from publication date to deposit/availability in a repository
  • An unrestricted non-commercial use license applies (CC BY NC)
  • 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.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (
HEFCE) has published its own policy to Open Access which can be found here. The policy applies to qualifying, peer reviewed research articles published after 1 April 2016. In accordance with the HEFCE policy, the Sweet & Maxwell policy stated above should be followed.


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