The significance of open access publishing has been recognised in the policies of many major funders, as well as the University of Leeds publications policy. You must adhere to both funder and University policy when making your research open access.
Major funders require that outputs produced as part of their funded projects must be open access. These include:
- Research Councils UK (RCUK)
- Charity Open Access Fund (COAF) – including Wellcome Trust
- National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
- EU Horizon 2020
Funders set different requirements about what and how outputs are made open access. Check the funder policy using Sherpa Juliet before publishing. You can then use SHERPA/FACT to confirm that your chosen journal meets your funder’s policy.
HEFCE open access policy for the REF
University of Leeds publication policy
The University publications policy (PDF) requires that all newly accepted research outputs are recorded in Symplectic (the University publications database) within three months of acceptance, and full text copies deposited where appropriate.