Open Access Options

MWP offers peer-reviewed open access options to meet the needs of authors and maximize article visibility. The Open Access journal model has been discussed for over 10 years, but has reached a crescendo of discussion over the last few years with various declarations in favour of OA from groups of researchers or their representatives. Journal price rises over the last decade mean that most universities can no longer afford subscriptions to all of the journals that their academics need. A growing number of universities maintain funds to pay publication fees on behalf of faculty who choose to publish in fee-based OA journals.

This includes display of the accepted article and online supporting material in electronic form on the internet before and/or after print publication. However, if you choose to make your paper Open Access, this means that anyone on the web may download it for free.  Besides this, the option detailed here caters for authors who want to ensure that their work is available to anyone free of charge.



Hybrid OA​ - traditional model with "open choice"

A hybrid journal is a journal that publishes Open Access articles together with others articles that require a subscription or payment to access and read. Thus, a hybrid journal is a subscription-based journal where only some articles are Open Access, usually after financial sponsorship by the author.


Article processing charges

Submission of an article is free, but if it is accepted for publication, the authors are asked to pay a fee to have their article made open access immediately upon publication. The sponsorship is in fact a publication fee (known as Article Processing Charge (ACP)) that the author chooses to pay to the publisher in order that the article is published as Open Access (OA).

The costs of publishing OA are typically, but not always, paid through an article processing charge (APC) that is met by the author or the author’s funding body or institution. The author pays a fee to a conventional publisher to make a particular article openly accessible when it would otherwise be available only to subscribers.

This flat charge, which varies from journal to journal, covers the entire cost of the publication process. This includes peer-reviewing, editing, publishing, maintaining and archiving, and allows immediate access to the full text versions of the research articles. Some of our journals charge lower APCs – or do not charge APCs at all – often as part of a specific arrangement with a publishing partner.

Open access articles published in MWP journals are made available under the terms of a Creative Commons user license. Open access articles are freely available to read, download and share from the time of publication. The standard license used for Wolters Kluwer articles is the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial No Derivative (CC BY-NC-ND) license which allows readers to disseminate and reuse the article. 


CC BY-NC-ND: Creation Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License 4.0

Allows users to copy and distribute the Article, provided this is not done for commercial purpose s, and further does not permit distribution of the Article if it is changed or edited in any way, and provided the user gives appropriate credit (with a link to the formal publication through the relevant DOI), provides a link to the license, and that the licensor is not represented as endorsing the use made of the work.

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Fully open access journals

MWP is pleased to introduce several new fully open access journals. These journals are fully open access, dedicated to a specific subject area, contain author-pays articles, and delivered online only.