The following charities are members of COAF: Blood Cancer UK, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Parkinsons UK, Versus Arthritis and the Wellcome Trust.
What types of publication trigger the COAF open access mandate?
How do I establish whether a prospective journal will allow me to comply with the COAF open access mandate?
What constitutes 'direct funding' from a COAF charity? Does any mention of a COAF health charity in the funding or acknowledgements section of a paper automatically trigger the COAF open access mandate?
What kinds of publication charge can be paid using the COAF block grant?
Is it possible to comply with the COAF open access policy without paying an APC?
What kind of Creative Commons license does my paper need?
When does my paper need to be made public on Europe PMC?
How to claim funds:
For more information see the charities' policy pages: Wellcome Trust, British Heart Foundation, Versus Arthritis, Cancer Research UK, Parkinson’s UK and Blood Cancer UK.
UK Research and Innovation brings together the seven Research Councils: Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC); Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC); Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC); Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC); Medical Research Council (MRC); Natural Environment Research Council (NERC); and Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).
In addition NC3R and the UK Dementia Research Institute should also be treated as a UKRI-funded paper for the purposes of the open access block grant.
The UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) policy covers all peer-reviewed research articles, non-commissioned reviews, and conference proceedings that acknowledge their direct funding. All AHRC, EPSRC, ESRC, NERC and STFC funded papers must be made Open Access on publication - or if no fee is paid, no later than twelve months after publication. All MRC and BBSRC funded papers require deposit in Europe PubMed Central on publication if an open access fee is paid or where no fee is paid, must be available to the public via EPMC no later than six months after publication.
If your paper acknowledges funding from any of the councils that constitute UKRI, please fill in our eligibility checker form. If the journal is fully open access (i.e. an open access payment is mandatory) then fill the form in before submission. Otherwise, fill it in on acceptance.
We will respond, giving details of how you should proceed to ensure compliance. Often this requires a payment. If the paper meets the eligibility criteria and it is necessary to pay the APC to comply, we will respond confirming that the fee can be paid from the UKRI block grant. Otherwise we will give guidance on how to comply by deposit in an appropriate repository.
For more information about the UKRI policy please see the policy page.
National Institute of Health Research (NIHR)
NIHR’s Open Access policy only applies to authors fully funded by NIHR. It requires that one main, final publication from each grant be made Open Access immediately on publication on the publisher’s website. All other publications resulting from the NIHR funding should be uploaded to a subject or institutional repository within 6 months of publication.
For the main publication: funds to cover APCs should be included in the initial grant application. If they were not:
The ERC strongly encourages ERC funded researchers to use discipline specific repositories for their publications. The recommended repository for Life Sciences is Europe PubMed Central; and for Physical Sciences and Engineering arXiv is recommended. The ERC Scientific Council is currently not recommending any specific repository for Social Sciences and Humanities. However, it is reviewing existing practices and open access infrastructures in this domain and may make recommendations in the future. If there is no appropriate discipline specific repository, researchers should make their publications available in institutional repositories or in centralized ones, such as Zenodo.
For full details of the policy please see this ERC document.
The policy for the European Union's current Research and Innovation funding programme Horizon 2020 regards making work Open Access as a two-step process.
1. Deposit an electronic copy of either the published version or the final accepted version (after peer-review) into a repository (such as Pure).
2. Ensure that the output is Open Access within a maximum of six months (twelve months for publications in the Social Sciences and Humanities)
For full details of the policy please see this document.
The following funders also require open access in some form from their fundees:
Bill and Melinda Gates FoundationLeverhulme TrustMNDA (Motor Neurone Disease Association)World Health Organisation
If you want to learn more about other funder policies, Sherpa/Juliet provides summaries. If your funder's policy is not included, or if you have any further queries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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