Licensing and Open Access


Your paper will be published with a standard subscription-based access and the author assigns the rights to the publisher. You will not be charged a fee unless you indicate that you want the Open Access (OA) option (see below).

Do note that the publisher may make some articles available for a restricted ‘preview read only’ public access at no cost to the author for an unspecified period of time.

There are a number of options regarding archiving, licensing and Open Access. Please note the 3 key items listed below:

  1. Authors can archive their pre-print (ie pre-refereeing) and/or post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing)
  2. All articles are published on the journal website in a public, preview readable format and these webpages can be shared online (see shareARTICLES), with the publisher retaining the copyright at no cost to the author or their employers.
  3. There is a full low cost Open Access (OA) option if the author(s) wish to have their copyright assigned to them. See below.

Open Access Option

National Wellbeing Service Ltd (ie the publisher) can publish articles under the Open Access Articles scheme using Creative Commons licenses. With a Creative Commons license, the author(s) retain the copyright but allow others to copy and distribute the work provided they give author(s) credit, subject to the conditions of the relevant Creative Commons license as below.

Wellcome Trust and RCUK funded authors publishing in National Wellbeing Service journals can use the Creative Commons Attribution license (CC-BY) for their articles. (This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation.) See:

All other authors may use the following Creative Commons licenses:

•Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial license (CC BY-NC). (This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, and although their new works must also acknowledge you and be non-commercial, they don’t have to license their derivative works on the same terms.) See:

•Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives license (CC BY-NC-ND). (This license only allows others to download your works and share them with others as long as they credit you, but they can’t change them in any way or use them commercially). See:

Introductory journal OA fees in 2017: £100 plus VAT.

For further information about Creative Commons licenses: