Do you know the routes to open-access publishing?

Most research funders now expect your published findings to be freely accessible to others. The optimum ‘Gold’ route to open-access publishing will ensure the immediate unrestricted online availability of your paper, free of any cost to the reader (funded instead by article processing charges – APCs – paid by the author institution).

Authors taking the ‘Green’ route must archive a copy of the published manuscript (often called the post-print or author-accepted version) in an open repository (usually institutional or subject-based) such as the University of Birmingham Research Archive (UBIRA).

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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. Continue reading