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When publishing their research, authors have a duty to meet funders’ Open Access policies. To ensure your published article will comply with your funder’s policy, please check the guidance available here. To understand what is required of them, authors should also carefully check grant award conditions and information on funders’ webpages, before they submit a paper to a particular journal.
In some cases, authors may only comply with funders’ Open Access policies by arranging immediate ‘Gold’ Open Access publication through the publisher of their chosen journal. This incurs a cost called an Article Processing Charge (APC) that must be paid for the article to be made Open Access in perpetuity.
King’s receives limited block grants from certain funders to facilitate the payment of APCs. This funding is managed by the Research Support team within Libraries & Collections.If you are acknowledging funding from British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, UKRI, or the Wellcome Trust: you can apply for block grant funding to cover APC costs by completing our funding request form.
Please complete this form at the point your article is submitted to the journal. The demand for funds outstrips the amount received by King’s and requesting funding does not guarantee we will be able to cover an APC. Getting in touch when your article is submitted makes it more likely that you may be able to access funds.
If funding is not available, the Research Support team will support you to ensure compliance with funder Open Access policies through other means.
This may include ‘Green’ Open Access, whereby the Accepted Author Manuscript of a paper is archived in our institutional repository Pure, and made available to the public (sometimes after an embargo period has elapsed). Articles not acknowledging relevant funding can also be made Open Access at no cost via the Green route.
Unfunded articles may also be eligible for inclusion in one of the transformative agreements that King’s has signed with certain publishers. To check whether an article may be eligible for a publisher agreement, check our guidance page.
Who can apply for UKRI/COAF block grant funding to cover APC costs?
Where outputs are produced in collaboration with authors outside of King’s College London, including King’s Health Partners, it is usually the home institution of the corresponding author who should meet the cost of an APC.
When to apply for block grant funding
No matter the journal, please submit a request for Open Access funding at the point your article is submitted. Not doing so risks funding being unavailable at the time the Research Support team receives an invoice for Open Access costs.
When submitting to a fully Open Access journal – one that only publishes Open Access content, where a fee must be paid for the article to be published – it is imperative authors submit a funding request (or contact email@example.com) at the point of submission.
What happens after a funding request is submitted?
When you make a request for funding to cover your APC fee through the funding request form, the Libraries & Collections Research Support team is notified. Your request will be considered against the eligibility criteria and the Open Access options offered by your chosen journal will be checked. 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.
A condition of receiving funding is creating a record on Pure and uploading a copy of the ‘Author’s Accepted Manuscript’ version of your paper as soon as you can after acceptance for publication. If you are unsure how to do this, please see our guide to depositing on Pure.
King's has arranged a number of deals with the following publishers to help reduce the cost of APCs (Article Processing Charges – the widely accepted term for open access fees). Some of these agreements may also be of use to authors not funded by COAF health charities or UKRI councils. For more help, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We currently have 16 transformative agreements. These are flagged with an asterisk*
Find out more detailed information about the above agreements
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