UCL Library Services


Open access for the Wellcome Trust's COAF partnership

Any research funded by research charities belonging to the Charity Open Access Fund (COAF) is required to comply with their open access requirements. Details are included here.

2018/2019 funding update

UCL’s open access grant from the following funders is fixed, and will be fully expended by 30th April 2019: Bloodwise, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Parkinson’s UK, and Versus Arthritis. After this date:

  • Authors of papers in subscription journals (where a one off payment unlocks otherwise paywalled content) should upload their final accepted manuscript to RPS and Europe PubMed Central
  • Authors submitting to fully open access journals (e.g. PLOS, BioMed Central and Frontiers journals) should ensure the availability of alternative funds - however the Open Access Team can pay for fully open access papers accepted on or before 30 April: contact them after acceptance to arrange payment.

Versus Arthritis and BHF may be able to pay for open access directly. Note that different arrangements may apply for papers funded by the Wellcome Trust and the UK Research Councils. Funds are available for Wellcome Trust papers in subscription and fully open access journals at least until September 2019.

Wellcome Building

Six medical research charities belong to the Charity Open Access Fund (COAF):

  • Bloodwise,
  • British Heart Foundation,
  • Cancer Research UK,
  • Parkinson's UK,
  • Versus Arthritis,
  • the Wellcome Trust.

If your research is funded by any of these bodies, you must comply with their open access requirements (see below). For other medical funders, see our other funders page.

These funders prefer Gold open access and UCL receives funding from them to pay Gold fees. Papers funded by grants held at UCL are eligible to use these funds.

Provided your publisher complies with these funders' Gold requirements, you are strongly advised to choose this option. UCL has prepayment schemes with certain publishers; we pay others by invoice.

The policy requirements are set out below. For more information, or to request funding for Gold open access, complete this form.

Policy scope
  • Open access is required for peer-reviewed research articles
  • Wellcome-funded scholarly monographs and book chapters must also comply
  • BHF-funded non-commissioned reviews must also comply
  • COAF funds may also be used for study protocols and non-commissioned reviews
  • Editorials, reviews, conference proceedings, textbooks, 'trade' books, general reference works and collections edited (but not authored) by grant holders are not included
Key requirement
  • The work must be made open access through Europe PubMed Central as soon as possible, and no later than six months after publication
Conditions for Gold
  • The publisher must deposit the paper in Europe PubMed Central, to be made open access on publication
  • The Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence is required for Gold open access
  • Wellcome permits CC BY-NC or CC BY-NC-ND for books and book chapters, though CC BY is preferred

If your journal's Gold option does not meet these requirements, comply using Green open access:

  • Your publisher must allow you to make your final accepted manuscript open access in Europe PubMed Central no later than six months after publication. Use Europe PMC plus to deposit your paper.
  • You will also need to upload your manuscript to UCL's Research Publications Service (RPS) to comply with the REF open access policy. You should ideally deposit on acceptance, but no later than 3 months after first online publication.
  • Some publishers (e.g. Nature, American Psychological Association) will deposit manuscripts in Europe PubMed Central for you - make sure that they know about the paper's funding at submission.
  • Use the Wellcome book deposit form to self-archive Wellcome-funded books and book chapters.

Failure to comply may affect your funding: some funders withhold portions of existing grants, and refuse future funding, if papers do not comply.

For more information, contact the Open Access Team.

Policy links