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Open access at UCL

Open access means making research publications freely available online. It ensures that research reaches the widest possible audience, and that it can be used and shared easily.

UCL strongly supports open access. UCL’s research outputs are made open access in our repository, UCL Discovery, and through UCL's fully open access press, UCL Press.

  • UCL authors meet the requirements of the REF open access policy by uploading their manuscripts to UCL’s Research Publications Service; they are checked and made open access in UCL Discovery after any publisher embargo (Green open access).
  • UCL's open access grants from UKRI and the Wellcome Trust fund immediate (Gold) open access in fully open access journals, and some 'hybrid' open access in subscription journals (where a one-off payment unlocks otherwise paywalled content) under a licence allowing unrestricted access and re-use (CC BY).
  • Plan S requires all outputs to be made open access on publication from 2021, under the CC BY (or, in some cases, CC BY-ND) licence. To achieve this, authors are permitted to publish in fully open access journals, subscription journals that allow immediate open access in a repository, and journals that are part of transformative arrangements (where subscription publishers are transitioning to open access). We expect further updates on Plan S implementation, particularly as part of the UKRI open access review, in early 2020.

Open access funds

Transformative subscription deals

All UCL authors can currently publish Gold open access at no extra cost in UCL’s transformative subscription deals with Springer, Royal Society of Chemistry and Institute of Physics, providing the paper lists a UCL corresponding author.

The following webpages are regularly updated to reflect funders' policies and available open access funds:

UCL has an institutional fund for payment of costs in fully open access journals (only). The 2018/19 UCL fund is fully expended. Authors without funding are advised to ensure the availability of alternative funds before submitting to fully open access journals.

For more information, complete this form and the Open Access Team will reply with a summary of your options and, if your paper is eligible for funding, details of payment procedures.