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Open Access is the practice of making published research freely accessible to all. Whilst there are a number of mechanisms for making this content freely available, the Gold open access model used by Experimental Results requires that the published 'version of record' be made freely available to all immediately upon publication. As no subscriptions are sold to view the content, such open access journals are typically financially supported through an article processing charge (APC) levied on the submitting author's institution or funding body.

For more information about Open Access at Cambridge University Press, see our Cambridge Open pages.

Benefits of open access with Experimental Results

·         Visibility: Articles are freely available online immediately upon publication, giving the potential for increased exposure and dissemination.

·         Accessibility: Gold open access allows all readers with internet access around the world to access published research without having to pay for a subscription.

·         Quality: All submissions will be fully peer-reviewed, with acceptance decisions being made by an international Editorial Board independently of the Publisher.

Open Access publishing in Experimental Results is funded through levying an article processing charge (APC) on each individual author's institution or funding body upon acceptance of the manuscript. There are no extra submission or figure charges. 

An APC of £775 will apply to all accepted papers, with a waiver scheme for eligible countries - see waiver policy for more details. Authors who have carried out a peer review will be able to claim £150 discount on the APC, up to a maximum of 2 peer reviews (i.e. a maximum discount of £300) - if you are eligible, please indicate this in the relevant section of ScholarOne when submitting your paper.

The decision whether to accept an article for publication will rest solely with the Editors, and without reference to the funding situation of the authors.

Please note: APC collection is managed by RightsLink, who will contact authors following acceptance of their article.

Read and Publish deals

Cambridge University Press has made a number of Read and Publish agreements to support Open Access publishing in Cambridge journals for publicly financed research articles. Read and Publish deals are an alternative to the traditional subscription model. When an institution has a Read and Publish deal with Cambridge, authors from that institution can publish Gold open access in Cambridge journals. The ‘Publish’ element of the deal provides the APC payment in this instance.

When submitting to Experimental Results, don’t forget to check if your institution has a Read and Publish deal with the Press. Further information on the Read and Publish deals agreed with Cambridge can be found here.

Waiver policies

Cambridge University Press operates several waiver policies, as described below, and will meet the publications costs for those authors who require support in paying publication costs.

It should be noted that the decision on whether to accept a paper for publication will rest solely with the Editors, and without reference to the funding situation of the authors. The Editors, editorial board members, and reviewers will have no involvement with the billing of APCs and cannot grant waivers.

Developing country waiver policy

Cambridge University Press operates waiver policies in line with other leading publishers. We grant 100% waivers to papers whose corresponding authors are based in Research4Life 'Group A' countries and 50% waivers to those who are based in 'Group B' countries.

Discretionary waiver policy

Cambridge University Press is also able to issue waivers on a case-by-case basis when requested by authors. In order to meet the requirements for a discretionary waiver the following steps must be followed:

  1. 1. The author(s) must request a waiver at or before submission, before an article enters editorial consideration by contacting Alison Paskins (Commissioning Editor).
  2. 2. The author(s) must provide documentary evidence for their request.
  3. 3. The waiver request will be processed by Cambridge, without the knowledge of the editorial board.
  4. 4. The waiver request will be processed as quickly as possible before the article moves from submission to editorial consideration.
  5. 5. The decision to approve or decline the waiver request should be based on the credibility of the evidence the author provides and the author following the journal's waiver request procedure.

Copyright Information

The policy of Experimental Results is that authors (or in some cases their employers) retain copyright and grant [journal owner] a non-exclusive licence to publish their work. Authors must complete and return an author publishing agreement form as soon as their article has been accepted for publication; the journal is unable to publish the article without this. Please download the appropriate publishing agreement here.

The form also sets out the Creative Commons licence under which the article is made available to end users: a fundamental principle of open access is that content should not simply be accessible but should also be freely re-usable. Articles will be published under a Creative Commons Attribution license (CC-BY). This means that the article is freely available to read, copy and redistribute, and can also be adapted (users can “remix, transform, and build upon” the work) for any commercial or non-commercial purpose, as long as proper attribution is given. 

Digital Preservation Policy

Cambridge University Press publications are deposited in the following digital archives to guarantee long-term digital preservation:

·         CLOCKSS (journals) 

·         Portico (journals and books)