Leeds University Library

Charity funding for open access costs

Published Wednesday 10 August 2016

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New partnership to encourage unrestricted publishing

The Charity Open Access Fund (COAF) have allocated a block grant to the University of Leeds and 35 other UK universities and research institutes. COAF is a new partnership set up to enable more open access publishing.

Researchers funded by any of the listed organisations can apply for funding. This money will cover the processing charges for open access publishing of an article.

The following charities are taking part in the scheme:

  • Arthritis Research UK
  • Bloodwise
  • Breast Cancer Now
  • British Heart Foundation
  • Cancer Research UK
  • Parkinson's UK
  • The Wellcome Trust.

The University's COAF grant can cover charges, if the publication meets these criteria:

1. An original peer-reviewed research article, non-commissioned review article or study protocol

2. Acknowledges support from a COAF funder Published under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) licence

3. Final version made freely available in Europe PubMed Central/PubMed Central with a maximum of 6 months from publication.

Before applying for funds, we recommend that authors use SHERPA/FACT to confirm that their journal is compatible with the COAF open access requirements. Please contact the open access team for help and support.