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 is to make a transition to a full open access model journal by 2021.

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 open access papers. Once the open access option has been selected, anyone can share and adapt the article as long as the CC-BY 4.0 license restrictions are followed. 

The review process and criteria for acceptance of a paper are the same for regular and open access articles. During the submission process, authors are prompted that the article, if accepted, will be published full open access and that this will incur a fee, unless the authors chose to opt out of this offer by ticking a box. When the transition of the journal to a full open access journal is completed, opting-out will no longer be possible.

There are several ways an accepted paper can be published as open access:

  1. The author or his/her supporting institution pays the open access publication fee of EUR 2300. The OA fee is waived for first authors located in Hinari Group A countries and offered at a 80% reduction for Group B countries (
  2. The first author is affiliated with an organization that is a member of NOROSH (For more details, visit NOROSH membership fees cover unlimited free online access to the Scand J Work Environ Health and a partial waiver (a payment of EUR 1150 is required) of the article processing charge for first authors from the member institution.
  3. The Journal's Editor-in-Chief selects the paper as that issue's Editor's Pick.

Please note: All Scand J Work Environ Health articles that are not published open access 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 until 2022, we permit authors of non-open access articles 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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