With effect of 15 June 2015, EMBL is introducing an open access policy. The policy and detailed FAQ can be found here:

The policy in a nutshell

Researchers with an EMBL affiliation and publishing in a peer-reviewed journal are obliged to make the article available in Europe PMC no later then six months after official publication. Using a CC-BY licence is encouraged and where EMBL pays the article processing charges (APCs) using CC-BY is obligatory.

How to submit an article on Europe PMC

a. Authors can choose the open access publishing route in exchange for payment of APCs, offered by many journals. In most cases the publisher will then deposit the article on behalf of the researcher (for initial guidance conc. depositing publishers see here). Articles for which APCs have been paid must be made available on Europe PMC with immediate effect.

For individual publishers, see

b. If a journal does not offer this depositing service or payment of APCs does not seem advisable, then the author can consider self-depositing an article on Europe PMC. Checking beforehand if the journal permits for self-deposition is essential. The most senior EMBL-author is responsible for depositing the final, peer-reviewed manuscript in Europe PMC. For instructions on how to do this, see Europe PMC plus. The library is happy to help with the submission of manuscripts on Europe PMC and can be contacted for assistance.

How is the payment for APCs handled?

EMBL will provide funding for APCs commensurate with its contribution to articles and in support of the APC provision made by external funding agencies. The funding will be distributed to EMBL’s Units and administered by the Heads of Units.

The invoices for article payments must be signed by the group leader and the unit/grant budget number, group leader name and unit name must be indicated. This information should be submitted to Purchase then, either via the Unit secretary or directly. Please, note that no invoices shall be processed without the above information.

Please contact the library if you have any questions concerning the policy or for assistance with the Europe PMC submission process. Your feedback is valuable to us, so please do not hesitate to get in touch.