COAF (a consortium of UK health charities formed to pay for immediate open access for eligible papers) was disbanded in October 2020.
At the time it was discontinued, the constituent members were: British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Parkinsons UK, Versus Arthritis, Wellcome Trust.
Post-COAF we will administer individual block grants for British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK and Wellcome Trust. For these funders the process remains unchanged at present: continue to use our form to apply for funds, here: https://internal.kcl.ac.uk/library/openaccess/oafundingrequest
Do not use our form to apply for funds for Versus Arthritis. They wish you to apply for open access funding via Grant Tracker. See their policy pages below for more details. Although we don’t have funds to pay open access charges for Versus Arthritis we are keen to offer advice and guidance about how best to achieve compliance with their open access policy. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Similarly, it appears that Blood Cancer UK will not be providing us with a block grant to administer; see their policy below for details. Please contact email@example.com if you have any questions.
Finally, Parkinsons UK will be encouraging the researchers they fund to include open access publishing costs in future grant applications. See their policy below or contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
The current open access policies of the charities that comprised COAF can be found as follows:
Blood Cancer UK Open Access Policy:
British Heart Foundation Open Access Policy:
Cancer Research UK Open Access Policy:
Parkinsons UK Open Access Policy:
Versus Arthritis Open Access Policy:
Wellcome Trust Open Access Policy (until end of 2020):
Wellcome Trust Open Access Policy (from Jan 2021):
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 email@example.com
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