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Open access for RCUK research

If your research is funded by the AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC or STFC, it must comply with the RCUK open access policy. The MRC additionally mandates deposit in Europe PubMed Central within six months, and the ESRC requires deposit in the ESRC research catalogue.

Where the publisher offers Gold (paid) or Green (deposit) open access, UCL authors are free to choose.

How do I claim funds for Gold (paid) open access?

How to claim funds

UCL will meet open access and publication charges from RCUK funds for

  • peer-reviewed research or proceedings papers, where
  • research (or authors' contributions) is RCUK-funded, and
  • corresponding author and/or grant holder is UCL staff member or research postgraduate
  1. Check whether UCL has a membership scheme with your publisher
  2. If UCL doesn’t have a membership scheme, ask the Open Access Team whether the publisher offers the CC BY licence. You can also find this information from the journal itself, or from SHERPA/ROMEO and SHERPA/FACT

The Open Access Team can complete publishers' open access forms for you, and prefers to pay invoices directly. See FAQs. If you already have the invoice, you can e-mail it to us, along with any funding details, or use our claim form.

The Open Access Team will deposit the publisher PDF in UCL Discovery, and help you to deposit in your funder's designated repository.

If I prefer Green open access, how do I deposit?

Green open access

If you prefer Green open access, check whether the journal allows deposit after

  • 6 months (MRC)
  • 24 months (AHRC- and ESRC)
  • 12 months (other Research Councils)

If it does, deposit your final manuscript in UCL Discovery. Staff will check copyright, and make it openly available (after any embargo period). The Open Access Team can help you to deposit in your funder's designated repository.

RCUK and MRC open access decision trees

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What about publications not covered by the RCUK policy?

The RCUK Trust policy applies to research publications, including articles, conference proceedings and non-invited reviews. UCL can fund other publication types, if the publisher offers Gold open access. Gold publications are automatically deposited in UCL Discovery.

Green open access in UCL Discovery is available for outputs of all types, copyright permitting. When you deposit full text (and any supplementary files), UCL Discovery staff will check copyright before making it openly available (after any embargo period.)

Last modified 19 February 2014


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