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As of 1 April 2022, UKRI’s new Open Access Policy applies to all peer-reviewed research papers submitted on or after that date.
UK Research & Innovation brings together Research England, Innovate UK, and the seven Research Councils:
UKRI’s updated Open Access policy applies to all peer-reviewed, original research articles, supported wholly or in part, by UKRI, that were submitted on or after 1 April 2022. Grant holders should familiarise themselves with the requirements of the revised Open Access Policy on UKRI’s webpages.
UKRI’s Open Access policy will also apply to long form publications: monographs, book chapters, and edited volumes, published on or after 1 January 2024. Until that date, publishing costs should be included in research grants, so cannot be covered by the UKRI block grant.
All original peer-reviewed research articles (including reviews and commissioned reviews) must be made freely available by the final publication date with a Creative Commons Attribution Licence (CC BY).
Articles acknowledging funding from one or more of UKRI’s research council must include the following statement at the point the article is submitted:
“For the purpose of open access, the author has applied a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence to any Author Accepted Manuscript version arising.”
Publications that are not required to publish Open Access include: data articles and articles describing a method or protocol.
To apply to have your Article Processing Charges covered by King’s block grant, you must fill out a Funding Request Form prior to, or on acceptance, of your paper. Once the form has been filled out the Library Open Access team will evaluate whether your article is eligible under UKRI’s terms and conditions.
There are several requirements that authors must follow:
There are several routes available for UKRI-funded authors to comply with UKRI’s Open Access policy. Further guidance is available on URKI’s website:
Authors that are funded in whole or in part by MRC and BBSRC have an additional requirement to deposit upon publication their research articles in Europe PubMed Central, in compliance with MRC’s Additional Terms and Conditions and BBSRC’s Safeguarding Good Research Policy.
If you submitted a peer-reviewed original research article before 1st April 2022, the previous UKRI Open Access policy applies (April 2013 – March 2022). Please be aware that each Research Council can set their own Open Access requirements so policies may vary between councils.
UKRI's minimum requirement for compliance is for the author's accepted manuscript to be deposited in a repository and publicly accessible within 12 months of publication for STEM-articles and within 24-months for HASS (for MRC and BBSRC, it is necessary for the paper to be deposited in Europe PMC and made public no more than six months of publication). This means that you can comply for free, via the ‘green’ route to OA, provided your journal allows such a deposit.
If an APC is paid then the article must be published under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence. If choosing the green route, a licence exception of CC BY NC is allowed (CC BY NC ND is not allowed).
King’s is provided with an annual award for covering the Open Access costs of Wellcome-funded research articles. Wellcome continues to provide funding since the disbanding of the Coalition of Open Access Funders (COAF) in October 2020. To apply for Wellcome funding please use our funding request form.
From 1st January 2021, Wellcome has implemented a new Open Access policy for peer-reviewed, original research articles supported wholly, or in part, by Wellcome. Grantholders should familiarise themselves with the requirements of the revised Open Access policy on Wellcome’s webpages.
Articles acknowledging funding from Wellcome must include the following statement at the point the article is submitted:
"This research was funded in whole, or in part, by the Wellcome Trust [Grant number]. For the purpose of Open Access, the author has applied a CC BY public copyright licence to any Author Accepted Manuscript version arising from this submission."
Three different routes are available for Wellcome-funded outputs to comply with Wellcome’s Open Access policy. Further guidance on each route is available on Wellcome’s compliance guide.
Use the Journal Checker Tool to check your compliance options when submitting to specific journals.
A key element of their new policy is the Rights Retention Strategy which is a component of Plan S, and came in to effect on 1st January 2021.
Articles acknowledging funding from Wellcome must also include a data availability statement to help readers locate the original research data (even if there is no data underpinning the research). For guidance on writing a statement, see our page about sharing research data, on the 'Citation' tab.
You can comply with Wellcome’s Open Access policy in the following ways:
We receive a very modest block grant from British Heart Foundation to cover Open Access costs for a limited number of articles. Requests for funding should be still be made using the funding request form. When you are submitting your paper please contact email@example.com to find out whether funds are available.
BHF's policy can be found as follows:
British Heart Foundation Open Access Policy:
We receive a very modest block grant from Cancer Research UK to cover Open Access costs for a limited number of articles. Requests for funding should be still be made using the funding request form. When you are submitting your paper please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out whether funds are available.
CRUK's policy can be found as follows:
Cancer Research UK Open Access Policy:
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:
(For publications submitted before 1 June 2022, please refer to the former NIHR Open Access policy.)
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.
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 details of the process for these funders, please see the other tabs on this page.
Versus Arthritis 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com if you have any questions.
Versus Arthritis Open Access Policy:
Blood Cancer UK Open Access Policy:
Parkinsons UK Open Access Policy:
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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