Diamond Open Access is a concept that emerged from the academic environment. It guarantees editorial independence and scientific transparency. Authors are not required to make financial contributions for their submissions. This avoids any financial influence on editorial decisions.
In the "author-pays model“, article processing charges can become a major threat to the independence of editorial decisions, since the more articles accepted, the higher the income for the journal.
The SMW had built its own freely accessible website, although initially only with the abstracts of the articles, as early as in 1996. It has followed the Open Access model since the first OA declarations and initiatives. Full-text PDFs have been published since January 2000 (The Budapest Open Access Initiative was released in 2002 and the Berlin Declaration in 2003). SMW was one of the first journals to adhere to the principles of Diamond Open Access (also known as Platinum Open Access or Public Service Open Access).
In March 2022, Science Europe, cOAlition S, OPERAS, and the French National Research Agency presented an Action Plan for Diamond Open Access to further develop and expand a sustainable, community-driven Diamond OA scholarly communication ecosystem. Swiss Medical Weekly is one of the journals who share its vision and ethos and have endorsed it.
Open access license
For all articles published after 01.01.2023, the following license applies:
Creative Commons license Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)
You are free to share (copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format) and adapt (remix, transform, and build upon the material) for any purpose
under the following terms:
Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.
No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.
OA license for older articles
For articles published before 2023, the licensing policy was "Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International" (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) or "Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International" (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). You will find the corresponding information in the side column of the respective article.
Copyright and publishing rights
Authors are requested to grant the SMW sponsoring association a non-exclusive licence to publish. We do not ask authors to transfer copyright to us.
Authors are permitted to deposit all versions of their paper in an institutional or subject repository (preprint, author's accepted manuscript and published article (version of record).
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