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Open Access & Institutional Repository: Policies

Funder Policies

Funder & policy

What

Where

When

Funding

UKRI (formerly RCUK)

AHRC

BBSRC

EPSRC

ESRC

MRC

NERC

STFC

 

If paid for (gold) open access, Publisher's version and CC BY licence required.

If uploaded to repository, Author's final version and CC BY-NC licence or equivalent.

Published as an open access article in a journal, or uploaded to a repository.

See individual Research Council policies for details of repository requirements.

See paragraph 3.6 of RCUK guidance for details.

Block grant to universities for APCs - see if you are eligible.

Covers payment of APC but not associated publication costs such as page charges or colour charges. 

Please apply through our APC Application Form at https://library.soton.ac.uk/openaccess/howto

 

Blood Cancer UK

If paid for (gold) open access, Publisher's version and CC BY licence required. Authors can comply with the policy by self-archiving their paper in Europe PMC. Within six months of publication, if the publisher permits.

From 1st October 2020, authors to consider open access fees as part of grant funds or on a case by case basis.

Please contact research@bloodcancer.org.uk for more details.

British Heart Foundation

If paid for (gold) open access, Publisher's version and CC BY licence required.

Where funds have been exhausted, we recommend researchers select journals that allow the author to deposit in Europe PMC.

Within 6 months of publication.

From 1st October 2020.

We have a small fund, please apply through our APC Application Form at https://library.soton.ac.uk/openaccess/howto

Cancer Research UK

If paid for (gold) open access, Publisher's version and CC BY licence required.

An electronic copy of the final, published form of your paper (either the Author Accepted Manuscript (AAM) or Version of Record (VoR) is available on Europe PubMed Central (Europe PMC).

As soon as possible and no later than 6 months after publication.

For articles accepted for final publication on, or after 1 January 2022 we require that your paper is made openly available in Europe PMC immediately on publication. (i.e. a 6-month embargo will not be permitted).

Until 30th September 2021.

Covers payment of APC but not associated publication costs such as page charges or colour charges.

Please apply through our APC Application Form at https://library.soton.ac.uk/openaccess/howto

COAF: Charity Open Access Fund ceased on 30th September 2020. It was the collaboration of the Blood Cancer UK, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Parkinson's UK, Versus Arthritis and the Wellcome Trust charities. Publisher's version and/or Author's final version (CC BY licence required if an APC has been paid and encouraged in other cases). PubMed Central (PMC) or Europe PMC. Automatic deposit by the publisher into PubMed Central immediately on publication if an APC has been paid, or author deposit of the author accepted manuscript into Europe PMC within 6 months of publication.

This block grant ceased on 30th September 2020. It covered payment of APC but not associated publication costs such as page charges or colour charges.

 

EU FP7

The accepted manuscript.

 

Any repository, including ePrints Soton.

Within 6 months for Science, Technology and Maths, or 12 months for Humanities and Social Sciences.

Open Access costs can be charged against the grant of open projects.

European Research Council

Publisher's version and/or Accepted Manuscript.

Discipline-specific repository if available, or institutional or centralised repository. 

Within six months of publication. For publications in the Social Sciences and Humanities domain a delay of up to twelve months is acceptable.

Charge open access costs against grant

Gates Foundation (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)

Publisher version (CC BY licence required). Published as an open access article in a journal and deposited in a specified repository.

From January 1 2017: immediate open access.

 

The foundation would pay reasonable fees required by a publisher to effect publication on these terms.

Horizon 2020

Final peer-reviewed manuscript or publisher version.

Aim to deposit research data, ideally into a valid data repository, although there is no obligation to do so. 

Gold open access or uploaded into an open access repository (see Section 2.1.1).

Section 2.1: Upload immediately on publication into a repository if gold open access, or within six months of publication, 12 months for Social Sciences and Humanities.

APCs are eligible for reimbursement by the European Commission, they are considered eligible cost to Grants. More info here.

 

 

Leverhulme Trust 

No open access requirement.

 

 

Open access costs are a permissible expense, but must be incurred during the period of the award.

NIH (National Institutes of Health) Final peer-reviewed manuscript. Upload into the NIH PubMed Central system Within 12 months of publication.

Publication costs, including author fees, may be charged to  NIH grants and contracts on three conditions.

NIHR (National Institute for Health Research)

Publisher version (CC BY licence required).

Gold open access and deposit into Europe PMC.

Generally immediate open access. Deposit into Europe PMC within 6 months of publication date.

Updated June 2019 - It is expected that award holders will make provision from their funding award to cover the costs of publishing in an open access journal (previous transition arrangements have been withdrawn). If necessary, researchers may need to contact the awarding NIHR coordinating centre to discuss covering open access costs.

Parkinson's UK If paid for (gold) open access, Publisher's version and CC BY licence required.

Made available through PubMed Central (PMC) and Europe PubMed Central (Europe PMC).

As soon as possible and no later than six months after publication. From 1st October 2020 for authors to consider open access fees as part of additional allowable costs through grant applications. Please contact researchapplications@parkinsons.org.uk for more details.
Versus Arthritis If paid for (gold) open access, Publisher's version and CC BY licence required. Any articles accepted for publication that are wholly or partially funded by Versus Arthritis must be deposited in Europe PMC. As soon as possible and no later than six months after publication.  From 1st October 2020, authors to make open access funding requests via their Grant Tracker account.
Please contact research@versusarthritis.org for more information.

Wellcome Trust

If paid for (gold) open access, Publisher's version and CC BY licence required.

Made available through PubMed Central (PMC) and Europe PubMed Central (Europe PMC).

As soon as possible and no later than six months after publication.

Current policy applies for all articles submitted for publication before 1st January 2021. 

Covers payment of APC but not associated publication costs such as page charges or colour charges. 

From 1 January 2021, the new policy aligned with Plan S will apply. 

Until 31 December 2020, please apply through our APC Application Form at https://library.soton.ac.uk/openaccess/howto

WHO (World Health Organization)

Publisher's version and/or Author's final version (CC 3.0 intergovernmental organization (IGO) ported licence required if an APC has been paid). 

Covid-19 - All peer-reviewed research publications relevant to the outbreak are made immediately open access, or freely available at least for the duration of the outbreak.

Gold open access or deposit into Europe PMC

Deposit into Europe PMC within 12 months of the official publication date.

Please include open access costs, where appropriate, in grant applications

This list is not comprehensive; for additional policies, please see SHERPA/JULIET or check the funder’s website.