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Open Access: Funder Requirements

This guide is intended to provide advice on open access to researchers

Funder Open Access Requirements

Many of the major research funders now require open access via the green or gold route. Some of the main funders and policies are listed below. You must publish any research papers arising from your research award in such a way that they fully meet your funder's requirements. 

For further information on funder policies not listed here please refer to SHERPA/JULIET

Research Councils UK (RCUK) Requirements

Research Councils UK (RCUK) represent the AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC and STFC.

For all peer-reviewed research (including review articles) and conference proceedings you must:

  1. Make your research Open Access.
  2. Acknowledge your funding.
  3. If applicable, include a statement on how underlying research materials, such as data, samples or models, can be accessed.

For a journal to be compliant with the RCUK policy it must either:

  • Provide immediate and unrestricted access to the final published version of the paper with a CC-BY licence. (Gold open access)

      or

  • Permit the deposit of the final accepted manuscript version in a repository (such as Pure), without restriction on non-commercial re-use and within a defined period. (Green open access)

Maximum embargo period allowed for Green open access :

  • 6 months for STEM disciplines
  • 12 months for AHRC and the ESRC

The RCUK has a preference for Gold open access and has provided the university with a block grant to cover the costs associated with this.

RCUK Open Access Policy

Wellcome Trust/COAF Requirements

The Charity Open Access Fund (COAF) is a partnership between six health research charities: Arthritis Research UK, Bloodwise, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Parkinson's UK and the Wellcome Trust. 

For all peer-reviewed research publications that have been supported by COAF you must:

  1. Make your research Open Access.
  2. Acknowledge your funding.

For a journal to be compliant with the COAF policy it must either:

  • Provide immediate and unrestricted access to the final published version of the paper with a CC-BY licence (Gold open access) and deposit the article in PMC and Europe PMC on your behalf immediately upon publication.

     or

  • Permit the deposit of the final accepted manuscript in Europe PMC (must be freely available no later than six months after the date of publication).

The COAF has a preference for Gold open access and has provided the university with a block grant to cover the costs associated with this.

COAF Open Access Policy

Other Funder Requirements

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) 

For all peer-reviewed research articles you must:

  • Make your research Open Access

For a journal to be compliant with the NIHR policy it must either:

  • Provide immediate and unrestricted access to the final published version of the paper with a CC-BY licence. (Gold open access)

      or

  • Permit the deposit of the final accepted manuscript in Europe PMC (must be freely available no later than six months after the date of publication).

NIHR Open Access Policy

Horizon 2020

For all peer-reviewed research articles you must:

  1. Deposit publications in a repository.
  2. Make your research Open Access.

For a journal to be compliant with the Horizon 2020 policy it must either:

  • Provide open access through a repository upon publication. (Gold open access)Article processing charges are eligible for reimbursement during the duration of the project.

      or

  • Provide open access through a repository within a defined period. (Green open access)

Maximum embargo period allowed for Green open access :

  • 6 months for STEM disciplines
  • 12 months for SSH disciplines

Horizon 2020 Open Access Policy

Queen's University Open Access Policy

The Queen's University Belfast Open Access Policy was approved by the Postgraduate and Research Committee and is is effective from 1 November 2014.

The Policy reflects the University's commitment to sharing and disseminating Queen's research to ensure public access to published scholarly research and increase the impact of Queen's research activities.

Open Access Policy Schema

Jisc, in partnership with Alma Swan, Stevan Harnad and Bill Hubbard, have developed a Schema for Open Access policies that aims to encourage policymakers worldwide to express their policies in a consistent way and to ensure greater uniformity in the way information about policies is recorded and made available. 

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