Open Access Update

A £12-million Charity Open Access Fund project has been set up by the Wellcome Trust, Cancer Research UK, the Breast Cancer Campaign, Arthritis Research UK, Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, and the British Heart Foundation.

Researchers with funding from the charities will be eligible to apply to the fund to cover costs incurred when publishing papers with immediate, unrestricted open access.

Further information is available here.

An update on Open Access

A recent report from HEFCE states that in order to be eligible for the post-2014 REF, authors’ final peer-reviewed manuscripts must have been deposited in an institutional or subject repository on acceptance for publication, and must be discoverable (and free to read) by anyone with an internet connection.

The requirement applies only to journal articles and conference proceedings with an International Standard Serial Number. It will not apply to monographs, book chapters, other long-form publications, working papers, creative or practice-based research outputs, or data.  Although the policy applies to research outputs accepted for publication after 1 April 2016, it is strongly advised to implement the policy now.

For more details, please see the full report here.

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

Open Access: a summary of current policy and practice – 26th November 2013

Are your publications widely available? ‘Open access’ refers to unrestricted, online access to the published findings of research. This workshop explains how HEFCE are aiming to make it a requirement that research outputs are made widely accessible before the next REF. Jill Russell discusses this; along with how funding bodies also require the outputs from the research they have specifically funded to be made available.

Find out more about the policies around open access by viewing our events page.