Telethon’s Open Access Policy , effective as of 1 September 2017.

Telethon promotes free access to funded research results, in line with the goals of its mission and as a contribution to society at large. Thus, Telethon requires that all the results of research that it funds, in whole or in part, published in a peer-reviewed journal, are made publicly available as soon as possible. 

In particular, Telethon has chosen Europe PubMed Central (Europe PMC), a European version of the Open Access database for biomedical scientific publications (PMC), as the archive of scientific publications funded through Telethon grants.  

Each journal offers different options for publication, in relation to which Telethon’s requirements are as follows: 

  • Publication in a journal authorising free submission to PubMed Central and Europe PMC within six months after the official publication date (the embargo period should be less than or equal to 6 months): Telethon requires authors to deposit an electronic version of the article (final version of the accepted manuscript, completed revision) for inclusion in PMC as soon as possible or at least within six months after the official publication date. 
    The author must check whether: 
    1.1 The journal includes the free deposition of the article in PMC as standard practice. 
    1.2 The journal will file the article with PMC, free of charge, at the explicit request of the author. In this case, the author must choose the appropriate option when submitting the article. 
    1.3 The author must self-archive in Europe PMC. To do this, the author must go to the Europe PMC Plus site (https://plus.europepmc.org), using his/her own account credentials (for help, write to [email protected]). 
    Copyright: Telethon asks authors and publishers to allow their articles to be copied and reused, provided the authors are properly cited (for example, under Creative Commons CC-BY, CC-BY-NC or CC licences -BY-ND). 
  • Publication in a journal that DOES NOT allow free deposition in PMC within six months after the date of publication. 
    2.1 If the journal offers the paid Open Access option, Telethon recommends that authors choose this option, which will result in the immediate deposition in Europe PMC by the publisher for articles that: 
    - have been accepted for publication in an English-language journal and subjected to peer-review 
    - include original results of research funded by Telethon 
    - have the first- or last- or corresponding-author as the researcher in charge of the Telethon project (or who is a member of its team involved in the project)
    Authors can choose to use part of their active grant to cover OA expenses by sending an email to: openaccess[email protected]       Telethon asks researchers to share these costs when possible with the other funding agencies mentioned in the publication.        Copyright: Telethon asks authors and publishers to allow the article to be covered by the Creative Commons CC-BY licence. 
    2.2 Authors who CANNOT sustain the OA fee must, at the time of submitting the article, still choose the option that involves the shorter embargo. In this regard, we recommended  they consider alternative journals when submitting the manuscript.  

Telethon considers funded researchers responsible for compliance with the policy: it is up to them to ensure that any publications and intellectual property agreements are compatible with Europe PMC publication requirements.

Further operational details are available in the Guidelines for Authors. 

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