DD is fully compliant (and then some) with NIH and other funding agencies


We are pleased to announce that, in addition to not charging authors for pages or for color figures, and having fast, fair, and friendly manuscript review, Developmental Dynamics is fully compliant with the current open access policies of major funding agencies. Beyond that, a large percentage of our content—including all reviews, special issues, primers, and highlights—is open access immediately upon publication and all DD content is open access 1 year after publication.

Open access policies for the various public and private funding agencies have evolved rapidly during the past year, leading to considerable confusion among funded authors about how to comply with the new mandates. To help clarify the current situation, specific details about DD's full compliance with open access policies is outlined below.


NIH-funded authors are subject to a mandate requiring deposit of the accepted versions of their articles into PubMed Central (PMC), with those versions to be made publicly available within 12 months from publication of the final article. Wiley-Blackwell supports DD authors by posting the accepted version of DD articles by NIH grant-holders to PubMed Central upon acceptance by the journal. The accepted version is the version that incorporates all amendments made during peer review before the publisher's copy-editing and typesetting. This accepted version will be made publicly available in PubMed Central 12 months after publication. The NIH mandate applies to all articles based on research that has been wholly or partially funded by the NIH and that are accepted for publication on or after April 7, 2008.

NIH-funded and other authors can also purchase immediate open access through the Wiley-Blackwell OnlineOpen option. With OnlineOpen, Wiley-Blackwell will at the time of publication deposit into PMC and post on the DD's official site (www.wiley.com/developmentaldynamics) the final published PDF and XML of the article—the final, authoritative version of the article, after peer review, editing, any final corrections, online and print formatting, and publication. The cost for this service is $3,000 per article. To ensure that selecting this option has no influence on the peer-review and acceptance process, OnlineOpen is available to authors only at the point when the article is accepted. When the proofs of the accepted article are received, the author should inform the Production Editor (Patrick Snajder at psnajder@wiley.com) about his or her intention to make this payment. For more information about OnlineOpen, visit www.interscience.wiley.com/onlineopen


The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and Wiley-Blackwell have agreed to make post-peer reviewed author manuscripts of articles funded by HHMI publicly available 6 months after final publication. This policy will be implemented for those DD articles published after October 1, 2007. Wiley-Blackwell will deposit in PMC the author's accepted manuscript (i.e., the post-peer-reviewed and accepted, but not edited and typeset version) of original research articles on which any HHMI investigator is an author. This arrangement requires nothing of the grantee; identification and deposit are the responsibility of the publisher and HHMI covers the cost.


The Wellcome Trust announced in 2006 that all grant holders must deposit their research papers in PMC and that they must be made publicly available within 6 months of the journal publisher's official date of final publication. This requirement can be met for DD articles through the Wiley-Blackwell OnlineOpen option described above. The Wellcome Trust has stated in its position statement, dated February 2008, that it “will provide grant holders with additional funding, through their institutions, to cover open access charges, where appropriate, in order to meet the Trust's requirements.”