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Information on how to publish Open Access via the gold route with Article Processing Charges (APCs) if you are funded by UKRI, Wellcome Trust, British Heart Foundation or Cancer Research UK; or via green Open Access by self-archiving your research output in Pure, King's institutional repository.
Open Access is the free and open availability of research outputs online. This can be achieved by two routes: by deposit of full text of the output in an institutional or subject repository (often referred to as Green open access), or immediate and openly accessible publication on publisher’s website, usually in exchange for a fee (often referred to as Gold). These two routes are not mutually exclusive.
To comply with the REF open access requirements and to be eligible for submission, King’s authors need to upload all research articles and conference proceedings with ISSN to PURE, within 90 days from acceptance. Some funders also require researchers to make their outputs open access via the Gold route, usually under the CC BY licence.
At King’s we have four block grants from external research funders to help authors make their funded papers open access. 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 open access costs by completing our funding request form.
King’s also participates in Read & Publish agreements, under which King’s corresponding authors can publish Gold open access without additional charges, and often regardless of the funding that contributed to the paper. To see the list of participating publishers and check the eligibility criteria, please see our guidance page.
The situation in regard to Open Access publishing of books and monographs remains fluid. To date, comparatively few scholarly books and book chapters have been published Open Access, but a need and interest in Open Access publishing of long form outputs is growing, and the range of options for making scholarly books and book chapters open access is increasing. For further information on open access for books and monographs, please see our page.
King’s members of staff and research students in receipt of relevant funding from UKRI, Wellcome, BHF or CRUK can apply for block grant funding to cover open access costs by completing our funding request form. It is recommended that prior to submitting the form, you create a record on Pure and upload the author’s accepted manuscript of your paper in the repository. If you are unsure how to do this, please see our guide to depositing on Pure. The Author Accepted Manuscript must be uploaded to Pure within 90 days of the acceptance date to be eligible for the next REF.
To be eligible for access to funder’s block grants, the funding must be a grant or award that is held at King’s and that has directly supported the research presented in the article. Outputs solely acknowledging funding sources that provided data, or infrastructure (lab space etc.), are not eligible for block grant funding as they do not have to meet funder open access mandates. Articles and journals will also need to meet funders’ eligibility criteria – the Open Research team will be able to advise on these.
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.
King’s members of staff who do not receive relevant funding can benefit from Read & Publish agreements, and publish their articles Gold open access without any additional charges. List of participating publishers and eligibility criteria are available on our guidance page.
It’s best practice to submit your funding request form at acceptance, and before you commit to payment. When publishing in a fully open access journal, you can also contact the Open Research team at submission to confirm the eligibility criteria for open access funding, but please note that we cannot earmark funds when approving an application; our block grants are spent on a first come, first served basis.
When you make a request for funding to cover your APC fee through the funding request form, the Libraries & Collections Open Research team is notified. The team will consider your request against the eligibility criteria and will check the open access options offered by your chosen journal. They will aim to get back to you within 2 working days to advise on available options.
King's participates in Read & Publish agreements, to help reduce the cost of APCs (Article Processing Charges – the widely accepted term for open access fees) and to increase access to open access publishing. For the majority of these agreements, King’s corresponding authors can publish Gold open access without additional charges, regardless of the funding acknowledged in the paper. Further information on eligibility criteria for each agreement is available on this page.
We currently have 21 transformative agreements. We also have agreements with publishers where additional eligibility criteria apply – these are flagged with an asterisk*
Find out more detailed information about the above agreements
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Information about 24 publisher agreements