Other Funds for Open Access

Please notify research-openaccess@glasgow.ac.uk of any articles, conference proceedings, books or book chapters as soon as they are accepted for publication.  We will help identify open access options and available funds where relevant.

Charity Open Access Fund (COAF) and Wellcome Trust

Arthritis Research UK, the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Bloodwise, Parkinson's UK and the Wellcome Trust have provided the University with a joint fund for open access called Charity Open Access Fund from 1st October 2014.

The route to accessing this fund is via email to research-openaccess@glasgow.ac.uk

The policy applies to journal articles and trial protocols.

The policy does not apply to review articles, editorials, or conference proceedings; however, Wellcome Trust are willing to pay Open Access costs for review articles if authors wish to make them more visible. 

To qualify for payment via COAF block award, publishers must add the published version of the manuscript to Europe PMC within 6 months and they must offer the author a licence of type CC-BY (not CC-BY-NC or any other extension).

Notify research-openaccess@glasgow.ac.uk of accepted publications.  Ideally include the publication name, title of publication, and award numbers that will be acknowledged in the email.

Wellcome Trust

Current requirements

Wellcome Trust currently requires original, peer-reviewed research articles to:

  • Acknowledge their funding, and
  • Be made available via PubMed Central no later than 6 months after publication. Some publishers may do this automatically.

Wellcome Trust also require open access for books and book chapters

To read more, please visit https://wellcome.ac.uk/funding/managing-grant/charity-open-access-fund

Future requirements

Wellcome Trust's policy is changing on the 1st January 2021*. From this date they will require all research articles, supported by funding from them, to have a CC-BY licence and be made freely available via PubMed Central at the time of publication.

They will only provide research organisations with funding to cover article processing charges for fully open access journals. More details can be found at https://wellcome.ac.uk/funding/guidance/open-access-policy

*This was originally announced as 2020 however Wellcome Trust amended this in light of changes to Plan S.

What help is available and what must you do?

The University of Glasgow's Open Access service (research-openaccess@glasgow.ac.uk) can advise you on meeting these requirements. You may contact them at any time from considering submission of an article for advice about Open Access.

The Open Access team manage Wellcome Trust funds to help you meet Open Access costs associated with articles, where a payment is needed to comply with these requirements. Note that Wellcome Trust Open Access fund will only pay the Open Access costs. If there are costs for page, colour or supplemental services authors are directed to use the inflation/flexible funding allowance included in grants. 

Please email research-openaccess@glasgow.ac.uk if you have had an article accepted for publication to confirm:

  • The name of the journal or publication
  • The title of the article
  • That you have included the funder and award details in the manuscript, and
  • That you have included a statement, where applicable, on how underlying research materials, such as data, can be accessed.

Ideally, provided a PDF of your manuscript, confirming if it is the agreed final text or whether revisions are expected, and this will allow the Open Access service to check some of the above details for you.


COAF - Datasets submission cost

If the cost of submitting data to services such as Dryad is included in the invoice from the publisher then this can be charged to the COAF block award.  However, if this is a separate charge levied by the data service the cost cannot be met from the block grant. 

In cases where the data submission fee to such services cannot be met from the block grant, Wellcome-funded authors may be able to use the Flexible Funding Allowance provided on their Trust grant. This will allow authors to cover this cost where the grantholder has not requested costs associated with their data management and sharing plans in their original research application submitted to the Trust - www.wellcome.ac.uk/About-us/Policy/Spotlight-issues/Data-sharing/Guidance-for-researchers/index.htm#seven

Please check your grant terms and conditions.


Breast Cancer Now

Breast Cancer Now left the Charity Open Access Fund in September 2016.  They require deposit of manuscripts in Europe PubMed Central (PMC) within 12 months of publication.  They allow grant funds to be used for open access costs.

For further information please read their Open Access Policy. 

Please email research-openaccess@glasgow.ac.uk as soon as you are notified that a article or conference proceeding has been accepted and we will guide you through the open access process.  


Chief Scientist's Office Scotland (CSO)

Please email research-openaccess@glasgow.ac.uk  when your publication is accepted and we will check if CSO will pay the open access costs.

Authors can apply to the CSO for up to £6000 towards open access charges up to 18 months after acceptance of final report.

The Leverhulme Trust

Open access payment is an allowable expense if incurred during the project timeframe. Please read their Open Access publishing policy.  

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

The cost of APCs and other appropriate publication charges will be supported either through the original NIHR award, or where applicable an NIHR Open Access Fund. Please read the NIHR Open Access Policy for further information. Researchers will need to contact the awarding NIHR Programme Coordinating Centre to agree the process. This does not apply to any recipient of NIHR funding prior to 1st April 2014, who should comply with the requirements of their original contract.

NIHR prefer that the main final paper from a piece of research is published in one of their 5 ‘NIHR Journal’ publications (only available for research funded by five of the NIHR programmes):

  • Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation
  • Health Services and Delivery Research
  • Health Technology Assessment
  • Programme Grants for Applied Research
  • Public Health Research

Each NIHR journal refers to an NIHR funding stream. All are fully open access.