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Authors submitting to Open Biology and Royal Society Open Science will be asked to agree to the open access licence.
Authors submitting to all other Royal Society journals will be asked to agree to our standard licence by default, since at submission we do not ask whether the article should be made open access (this is to avoid any form of selection bias). If and when an author chooses to publish their paper as open access, they are asked to agree to the open access licence.