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Request funding

In some cases authors may only be able to meet their funders' open access requirements by arranging immediate open access though their publisher. This usually incurs a cost called an Article Processing Charge (APC) which is on average £2000, but can be significantly more.

In some cases King’s authors can request funding to cover APCs. The flowchart below should help you determine what you need to do to comply with your funder's open access requirements, and whether you need to apply for COAF or RCUK block grant funding to pay an open access fee.

Please note that if it is possible to comply with COAF or RCUK open access requirements without payment of a fee, we will not pay for open access, in order to preserve funds for those who must pay in order to comply.

OA Application Flowchart

To apply for funding please fill in our COAF/RCUK Funding application form.


For more information about COAF and RCUK's policies please see our funder policy page, COAF’s Open Access Policy or RCUK’s Open Access Policy.

Who can apply?

- Students enrolled or accredited to the university

- Teaching and research staff employed by or otherwise accredited to the university.

The university is not able to support King’s Health Partners in paying APCs at this time. Where outputs are produced in collaboration with authors outside of King’s it is usually the home institution of the corresponding author who should meet the cost of an APCs.

When to apply
With the COAF/RCUK funds, your research output should be accepted for publication before you apply as it is not possible to earmark funds. However, if you are submitting your paper to a fully open access journal, please contact us to check whether you will be covered by King's COAF/RCUK block grants before submitting your paper.

What happens to your funding request?
When you make a request for funding to cover your APC through the COAF/RCUK Funding Request Form, the Library Services Research Support team is notified immediately. Your request will be considered against the eligibility criteria and the open access options offered by your chosen journal will be checked. And if eligible for funding, a member of the team will liaise with you to pay the APC. Charges will be paid directly to the publisher. 

Please make sure that you also create a record on Pure and upload a copy of the ‘Author’s Accepted Manuscript’ version of your paper as soon as you can after acceptance for publication to ensure compliance and eligibility for REF2021 – and so that your Research Portal profile is kept up-to-date. If you are unsure how to do this, please see our guide to depositing on Pure and FAQs.

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