Open access options

The Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health is dedicated to publishing high quality peer-reviewed research in the field of occupational and environmental health and safety. High accessibility of all research data is critical for scientific interaction. The more people this research reaches, the better. Consequently, the Journal strongly supports open access publishing: our goal over time is even a full transition to an open access model.

 The Journal's overarching editorial goals are to (i) increase the relevance and quality of the manuscripts it publishes, (ii) speed up response times to authors and decrease publication lags, and (iii) most importantly further facilitate accessibility to and heighten awareness of manuscripts that appear in the Journal. We have taken many steps in recent years to achieve these goals, but firmly believe implementing an open access model will prove to be the ultimate solution.

In the meantime, the Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health remains a hybrid journal, we publish both "locked" and open articles. We offer the possibility for accepted articles to be published as copyright-free open access papers. Once the open access option has been selected, the journal does not place ANY restrictions on how an article can be distributed or shared (unlike most commercial publishers). It can be published on any data repository, photocopied, emailed or republished as long as the publication information [for example, Scand J Work Environ Health. 2013;39(1):1—4] is included. In addition, in compliance with the UK Research Councils' Open Access policy which mandates the use of the Creative Commons 'Attribution' license (CC-BY) when an Article Processing Charge (APC) is levied, these unlocked articles can be modified, built upon and/or distributed (including for commercial purposes) as long as the original author and Scand J Work Environ Health are credited.

The review process and criteria for acceptance of a paper are the same for regular and open access articles. Authors can choose the open access option once a paper has been accepted.

All online first articles are open access until they go to print. There are several ways a published paper can remain open access:

  1. The author or his/her supporting institution pays the open access publication fee of EUR 2000.00. The page charge is waived when open access is purchased.
  2. The first author is affiliated with an organization that is a member of NOROSH. NOROSH has several levels of memberships that include a waiver of the article processing fee. Authors are required to limit the length of Original Articles to under ten pages. Papers that exceed this length must be edited or tables/figures must be moved to the Data Repository section. See
  3. The Journal's Editor-in-Chief selects the paper as that issue's Editor's Pick.

Please note: Scand J Work Environ Health articles are embargoed for two years from the date of PRINT publication after which time they become 100% open access with no restriction. As a GREEN OPEN ACCESS Journal, we do permit authors to self-archive post-print copies of articles on personal or institutional repositories after 12 months. Pre-print copies can be self-archived without restriction. As a for-profit enterprise, Research Gate does not qualify as a personal or institutional repository. Papers can only be posted on this platform if the paper has open access status. If you have received funding that requires papers to be published GOLD open access before two years (eg, NIH or MRC funding), then you are required to purchase open access for the paper. The Journal can no longer "unlock" papers after publication or allow them to be posted on PubMed Central without a fee unless the paper is selected as the Editor's Pick.

Funding for open access publication fees is available from several sources, for example funding bodies such as the National Institutes of Health and the Wellcome Trust will reimburse authors as part of overall research grants.

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