Do you comply with open-access mandates?

Many of our research funders (including the Wellcome Trust, RCUK, Royal Society, Cancer Research UK and EU Horizon 2020) support open and unrestricted access to published research.

Importantly, RCUK’s open-access policy came into effect on 1st April 2013, and all papers resulting from Research Council-funded activities must now be published in open-access journals or placed in open repositories. RCUK will provide block grants to HEIs for the payment of article processing charges (APCs) and other publication charges, so you’ll no longer be able to include these costs within individual grant applications.

Researchers are now expected to publish any peer-reviewed research papers which acknowledge RCUK funding in journals compliant with the RCUK open-access policy. All papers must include information about the funding that supported the research and, if applicable, details of how to access the underlying research materials (such as data, samples or models). RCUK recognises a journal as being compliant with this policy if:
• The journal provides, via its own website, immediate and unrestricted access to the final published version of the paper; OR
• The journal consents to deposit of the final accepted manuscript in any repository, without restrictions on non-commercial re-use and within a defined period.

RCUK expects full compliance with this policy.
If you need to check the open-access conditions of a particular journal or need more specific guidance then contact the Digital Assets Unit, based in the Main Library, via or 0121 414 3918. And make sure you take a note of our open-access hints and tips below!