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Open access for RCUK research

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If you are funded by the AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC or STFC, you must comply with the Research Councils UK (RCUK) open access policy.

The UK Research Councils provide UCL with funds to cover Gold open access for research papers. Papers funded by RCUK grants held at UCL are eligible to use these funds. UCL has prepayment schemes with certain publishers; we pay others by invoice.

Depending on the publisher and Research Council involved, you may be able to comply with the RCUK policy through Green open access.

For more information, or to request funding for Gold open access, complete this form and we'll reply with a summary of your options.

Policy scope The policy applies to peer-reviewed research articles and conference proceedings - this includes non-invited reviews
Licensing (Gold) The Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence is required for Gold open access
Embargoes (Green)

The publisher's Green option complies with the RCUK policy if the journal embargo period is no longer than

  • 6 months: MRC
  • 24 months: AHRC and ESRC
  • 12 months: all other Research Councils

If your publisher does not offer a Gold option, or you prefer Greenupload your manuscript to UCL's Research Publications Service (RPS). To make sure that you comply with the REF open access policy, you should ideally upload at acceptance, but no later than 3 months after publication.

Additional  requirements
Papers must include 
  • an acknowledgement of RCUK funding
  • details of how any underlying research materials, such as data, samples or models, can be accessed - see the policy for more

Failure to comply may affect authors' future funding opportunities.

Other publication charges

If your research is funded by one of the UK Research Councils, we can pay non-open access publication fees, e.g. colour and page charges. Contact the Open Access Team for more information.

RCUK open access policy links

Page last modified on 02 jun 16 10:38

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