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Open Access and Sharing Policy

About Open Access
This journal is a peer reviewed open access journal. Authors do not have to pay any open access publication fee. Peer review under the responsibility of the College of Medicine and the Medical Association of Malawi.

Access Rights
All articles published open access will be immediately and permanently free for everyone to read, download, copy and distribute.

User Rights
Permitted third party reuse is defined by the following user license:
Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND):
Allows users to copy and distribute the Article, provided this is not done for commercial purposes 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. The full details of the license are available at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/.

Author Rights
For open access publishing, this journal uses an exclusive licensing agreement. Authors will transfer copyright to the College of Medicine and the Medical Association of Malawi, but will have the right to share their article in the same way permitted to third parties under the relevant user license, as well as certain scholarly usage rights.

Publishing Schedule
This journal is published quarterly; March, June, September, and December.

 

Article Sharing Policy
Authors who publish in the Malawi Medical Journal can share their research articles depending on the article version authors wish to share.

Preprint
Authors can share their preprint anywhere at any time.
If accepted for publication, we encourage authors to link from the preprint to their formal publication via its Digital Object Identifier (DOI). Millions of researchers have access to the formal publications on ScienceDirect, and so links will help your users to find, access, cite, and use the best available version.
Authors can update their preprints on arXiv or RePEc with their accepted manuscript.

Accepted Manuscripts
Authors can share their accepted manuscript:

Immediately
via their non-commercial personal homepage or blog
by updating a preprint in arXiv or RePEc with the accepted manuscript
via their research institute or institutional repository for internal institutional uses or as part of an invitation-only research collaboration work-group
directly by providing copies to their students or to research collaborators for their personal use

In all cases accepted manuscripts should:
link to the formal publication via its DOI
bear a CC-BY-NC-ND license – this is easy to do – refer below on how to attach a user license
not be added to or enhanced in any way to appear more like, or to substitute for, the published journal article

How to attach a user license:
The Malawi Medical Journal requires authors posting their accepted manuscript to attach a non-commercial Creative Commons user license (CC-BY-NC-ND).  This is easy to do. On your accepted manuscript add the following to the title page, copyright information page, or header /footer: © YEAR. Licensed under the Creative Commons [insert license details and URL].
For example,
©<year>. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-NC 4.0 license https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
You can also include the license badges available from the creative commons website: https://creativecommons.org/about/downloads to provide visual recognition. If you are hosting your own manuscript as a webpage you will also find the correct HTML code to add to your page.

Published Articles

User license Read, print  and  download Redistribute  

or republish  

the article 

(e.g. display   in a  repository)

Translate  

the article

Download 

for text  and data  mining purposes

Reuse 

portions  or extracts 

from  the article in  other works

Sell or re-use 

for  commercial  purposes

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 Yes Yes Yes
For private  use only and  not for  distribution
Yes Yes No