Many research funders now stipulate that publications resulting from their published research should be made open access. A list of research funders' policies can be found here using the Sherpa Juliet service.
RCUK Policy on Open Access
In July 2012, Research Councils UK published a Policy on Open Access which stipulated that from the 1st of April 2013, researchers at UK Research Institutions are expected to publish any peer-reviewed research papers and conference proceedings which acknowledge Research Council UK funding in journals that are compliant with the RCUK Policy.
The policy applies to all peer-reviewed research articles published in journals or conference proceedings submitted for publication from 1st April 2013 .
RCUK also require authors in their published paper to:
- acknowledge Research Council's funding
- include a statement on access to underlying research materials
For more information on where to publish, Open Access, the funders' policies, please see RCUK FAQ or contact the IS Research Support team, email@example.com
How to comply with RCUK Policy on Open Access
How to publish in journals compliant with RCUK OA Policy
There are two routes by which a journal can comply with the RCUK Policy, commonly called "Gold" and "Green" routes. Authors are expected to publish in a journal that meets RCUK's requirements.
The journal provides, via its own website, immediate and unrestricted access to the final published version of the paper.
The paper should be made available using the
Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence, and allows immediate deposit of the final published version in other repositories without restriction on reuse.
The journal consents to deposit of the final Accepted Manuscript in any repository, without restriction on non-commercial reuse and within a defined period.
An embargo may apply:
- no longer than 6 months for STFC, BBSRC, NERC, MRC and EPSRC-funded research papers
- no longer than 12 months for AHRC and ESRC funded research papers.
The paper must be accompanied by a
Creative Commons – Attribution – Non-commercial (CC-BY-NC) license or equivalent. No APC will be payable to the publisher.
How to publish via the Gold route
First check that the journal your are submitting to is compliant with RCUK Policy. Check using the Sherpa FACT database or contact Research Support in the Library.
If the journal offers Gold open access publishing then your paper will, when published, be made openly available immediately. The publisher may ask you to pay an open access fee (APC).
It is worthwhile checking that the journal does not also offer the Green (self-archiving) route. No APC is payable in this instance, and the paper is made available openly via deposition in Pure after an embargo period, and published as "normal" in the journal.
Please also upload a copy of the paper to the research output record in Pure, if your publisher allows. Normally you can upload the Author Final Version.
How to publish via the Green route
First check that the journal you are submitting to is compliant with RCUK Policy. Check using the Sherpa FACT database or contact Research Support in the Library
Green publishing means that you can publish in a subscription journal and make a copy of the work available in an open access repository - eg Pure or a subject repository such as arXiv or PubMedCentral. Some publishers still allow this kind of Open Access publishing. IEEE is one such publisher.
No APC is payable in this instance, and the paper is made available openly via deposition in Pure after an embargo period, and published as "normal" in the journal.
What funds are available to cover Article Processing Charges (APCs)?
Authors can no longer request publication costs in their RCUK grant although they can use existing funds from current grants.
Instead, RCUK have allocated funds to research institutions in the form of a block grant. Funding for open acces fees (APCs) are available to corresponding authors
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org before you submit to the journal to check if there is funding available. In some cases we will ask that you consider the Green open access route. Please send us the:
- title of paper
- relevant grant numbers
- cost of the open access fee