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Open Access: Queen's Policy & Funder Requirements

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

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.

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

RCUK/UKRI Open Access Requirements

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

UKRI Open Access policy

Wellcome Trust Open Access Requirements

From 1 January 2021, Wellcome's  open access policy will require all research articles which arise from Wellcome funding to be:

  • made freely available through PubMed Central (PMC) and Europe PMC by the official final publication date

and

  • published under a Creative Commons attribution licence (CC BY), unless Wellcome have agreed, as an exception, to allow publication under a CC BY-ND licence.

Grantholders should read Wellcome's Complying with our OA policy for detailed practical guidance on how to comply.

Until January 2021, researchers must continue to comply with Wellcome's current policy.

 

British Heart Foundation (BHF) Open Access Requirements

British Heart Foundation grant holders should ensure that an electronic copy of each primary research paper or non-commissioned review funded wholly or in part by the BHF is made freely available in Europe PubMed Central as soon as possible and no later than 6 months after publication.

It is a Condition of Grant that Grant Holders acknowledge BHF support by quoting “British Heart Foundation” followed by the award reference number in the appropriate section of all publications arising from BHF funded research.

BHF Open Access Policy

Cancer Research UK (CRUK) Open Access Requirements

 

 

As a CRUK-funded researcher, if you have an original primary article accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal, you must ensure that:

  1. 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).

  2. If you've paid an article processing charge (APC) for the Europe PMC deposit, your paper must be published with a Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC-BY 4.0), so that it may be freely copied and reused (for example, for text- and data-mining purposes), providing that the original authors are properly credited. Other licences will not be compliant with your Grant Conditions.

  3. The journal you publish in must be published by a publisher who has agreed to these publisher requirements. Most publishers have agreed to these – for details, download the full Open Access Policy or check the list here.

CRUK 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

Contact Us

For further information on open access or the Research Portal please email openaccess@qub.ac.uk.

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