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Most research funders have an open access policy that you must follow for funding to be awarded. Please read your funder’s full policy to understand what you must do. It is your responsibility to make sure your funder requirements are met.

Funding is either available through a block grant or through a publisher agreement.

Green open access costs nothing and is the preferred route to make our outputs open access. Try for green open access first.

Here are the open access policies for the main research funders at the University of Leeds, with a brief summary on how to comply and what funding is available to pay for gold open access and APCs (article processing charges).

Other funders might allow you to claim the cost of article processing charges (APCs). Check your funder website for information.

Please contact us with any queries about funder policies, we’re here to help.

Funder policies and grants

UKRI (AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC, STFC) / Research councils

UKRI have announced a new open access policy that will come into effect for research articles submitted for publication on or after 1 April 2022, and for monographs, book chapters and edited collections published on or after 1 January 2024.

For research articles submitted prior to 1 April 2022 the current policy detailed below still applies.

Policy summary

You must make your research outputs open access either through green open access or by paying for gold open access.

Read the full UKRI open access policy

Key policy points:

  • The policy applies to peer‐reviewed research articles (including review articles not commissioned by publishers), which acknowledge Research Council funding.
  • Articles must be made available using the most liberal and enabling licences, ideally the creative commons attributions licence (CC BY 4.0)

Embargo periods

Updated: July 2021.

If you choose a green open access route, the maximum embargo period allowed is up to, but no longer than:

  • 6 months for articles funded by the Medical Research Council
  • 12 months for all other Science, Technology, Engineering (REF panels A and B)
  • 24 months for Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences (REF panels C and D).

The shift towards using the longest allowable embargoes was approved at June 2021 RIB Ref. 20/441, to allow more papers to be published through a free green open access route.

Funding available for APCs

A block grant is provided to the University to support the payment of article processing charges (APCs).

What to do

Contact us before you submit your article for publication.

We can help you understand your options and advise you on funder compliance and what funds are currently available for publication.

If you have contacted us and you are sure that you cannot use the green open access route, then:

Make an application for open access funding

We will send you a purchase order number that you can give to the publisher. The publisher will then raise an invoice.

Finally, when you deposit your author accepted manuscript in Symplectic make sure you complete the “Link to funding” step to make it clear that you are Research Council funded.

Wellcome Trust

Policy summary

From January 2021, research articles partly or wholly funded by Wellcome must be made freely available, openly licenced and deposited in Europe PubMed Central at the point of publication.

Read the full Wellcome open access policy

Key policy points:

  • You must make your research outputs open access either through green open access or by paying for gold open access (see funding available below)
  • Articles must be made available using the creative commons attributions licence (CC BY 4.0)
  • You must include the following statement on all submissions of original research to peer-reviewed journals:
    “This research was funded in whole, or in part, by the Wellcome Trust [Grant number]. For the purpose of open access, the author has applied a CC BY public copyright licence to any Author Accepted Manuscript version arising from this submission.”
  • If you choose to publish in a hybrid or subscription journal that is not covered by a transformative agreement, you must retain your rights in order to comply with the above.

Embargo period allowed

Research outputs must be made immediately open access with zero embargo period.

Funding available

A block grant is provided to the University to support the payment of article processing charges (APCs), for publications from research funded either wholly or in part by Wellcome.

Funding covers open access fees for articles accepted for publication from 1 October 2020.

From January 2021, Wellcome will only pay if you publish in a fully open access journal listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). It will not fund publication fees for hybrid journals.

The funding is for article processing charges (APCs) only, not any other publication costs.

Funding is received in October and managed by the Research Support Team.

What to do

Green open access

Choose a green open access route if possible.

How to publish green open access.

Gold open access

The action you take depends on the type of journal you choose to publish in:

  • If the journal is gold open access make sure it complies with Wellcome’s policy and make an application for open access funding (APCs) from the university’s block grant.
    If your application is successful, we will send you a purchase order number that you can give to the publisher. The publisher will then raise an invoice. If you are not successful we will inform you.
  • If the journal is a transformative journal, check to see if APCs are covered by one of our publisher deals.
  • If the journal is a subscription or hybrid journal, retain your rights and make the author accepted manuscript (AAM) openly available under a CC BY licence in Europe PMC at the time of publication.

Blood Cancer UK

Policy summary

Read the full Blood Cancer UK open access policy

Key policy points:

  • A copy of the final manuscript should be deposited with Europe PMC as soon as possible, but within 6 months of the final publication date
  • Where an open access article processing charge is paid to the publisher, articles must be made available using the creative commons attributions licence (CC BY 4.0).

Funds for open access will be paid as part of grant funds or on a case-by-case basis subject to approval.

What to do

Please contact research@bloodcancer.org.uk for more information.

Cancer Research UK

Policy summary

Key policy points:

  • the publication must acknowledge Cancer Research UK funding
  • the corresponding author must be a researcher at the University of Leeds (staff member or RPG student) or the grant holder must be based here
  • the output has not already been published
  • the output is made available with the CC BY licence.

Funding available

A block grant is provided to the University to support the payment of article processing charges (APCs), for original research journal articles where Cancer Research UK funding is acknowledged.

The funding is for article processing charges (APCs) only, not any other publication costs.

Funding is received in October and managed by the Research Support Team.

What to do

Make an application for open access funding

If your application is successful, we will send you a purchase order number that you can give to the publisher. The publisher will then raise an invoice.

If you are not successful we will inform you. We will give you information about how to make your output open access through the institutional repository.

Horizon 2020

Policy summary

Publications arising from Horizon 2020 projects should be made open access by either the gold or green route.

Read the full Horizon 2020 open access policy.

Funding available

Where applicable article processing charges (APCs) can be reimbursed during the duration of the project.

What to do

Find out more about Horizon 2020 open access funding.

NIHR

Policy summary

NIHR require that NIHR-funded researchers publish their main study findings in a peer-reviewed, open access journal.

NIHR supports the aims and goals of Plan S, an initiative by a consortium of research funders to make all publicly funded, peer-reviewed research publications immediately and freely open access to the reader.

Read the full NIHR open access policy

Key policy points:

  • You must publish your research findings in a peer-reviewed open access journal that allows immediate deposit of the final published version in other repositories without restriction on re-use
  • Articles must be made available using the creative commons attributions licence (CC BY 4.0)
  • A copy of the final manuscript (the AMM) should be deposited with Europe PMC upon acceptance for publication
  • Maximum embargo period of 6 months.

All NIHR researchers must prepare and submit to the NIHR a statement on how underlying research materials, such as data, samples or models, can be accessed. The policy does not require that the data must be made open.

Funding available

If you are funded by NIHR, open access costs should be included in the grant application. In exceptional circumstances, the funder may pay APCs at the point of publication if the grant has been spent.

What to do

Find out more about NIHR open access funding.

Parkinson’s UK

Policy summary

Parkinson’s UK believes the best way to share papers as widely as possible is through free, unrestricted, online access.

Read the full Parkinson’s UK open access policy

Funding available

Funds for open access will be provided as additional allowable costs through grant applications and directly from Parkinson’s UK.

What to do

Please contact researchapplications@parkinsons.org.uk for more information.

Versus Arthritis

Policy summary

Wherever possible researchers are expected to choose a journal that ensures the work is available immediately on publication.

Read the full Versus Arthritis open access policy

Funding available

Authors are asked to explore other funding routes before applying for funds. Authors should apply directly via Grant Tracker.

What to do

Contact research@versusarthritis.org for more information.