UK Research and Innovation (previously RCUK) Open Access to Articles
UKRI block funds will be used to support any necessary cost of complying with UKRI’s Open Access policy. Note, however, that funds can only be used to comply with UKRI policy – it should not be assumed that all open access costs can be covered.
These funds will be allocated where it is necessary to pay the open access fee to comply with funder requirements and the publisher offers a compliant method to do so.
To reduce the risk of authors being prevented from publishing a proportion of the funding will be retained each year to ensure that papers that are accepted to journals with mandatory publication costs can be paid for. Costs can only be paid where the publisher will provide a CC-BY licence.
The UK research and innovation funders are :
- AHRC - Arts and Humanities Research Council
- BBSRC Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
- EPSRC - Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
- ESRC - Economic and Social Research Council
- MRC - Medical Research Council (MRC Includes The National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs))
- NERC - Natural Environment Research Council
- STFC - Science and Technology Research Council
If you are a current UK Research and Innovation grant holder, and applied for Article Processing Charges (APCs) or other article-related charges i.e. the costs of illustrations, colour figures or excess pages in your research grant proposal to the Research Councils, you must use these existing funds to pay those costs. You should not expect to be provided with funds from the UK Research and Innovation (previously RCUK) Block Grant.
The University will allocate funds to UK Research and Innovation-funded researchers (grant holders, researchers employed on UK Research and Innovation grants and UK Research and Innovation-supported students at Glasgow) where:
1) There is sufficient funding in the central budget and an APC must be paid as there is no other method to make the paper open access to comply with funder terms e.g. where publishers place an embargo on making a paper freely available and this embargo is longer than that acceptable to the funder. Where an APC has been paid, re-use rights must be unrestricted. Typically this involves a CC-BY licence. For more details on this form of licencing see http://creativecommons.org/licenses/
For Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine disciplines UK Research and Innovation will accept a 6 month embargo (generally work funded by BBSRC, EPSRC, MRC, NERC or STFC)
For Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences UK Research and Innovation will accept a 12 month embargo (mainly work funded by AHRC or ESRC)
These embargoes are sometimes extended to 12 months for Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine and 24 months for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences where UK Research and Innovation block grant is depleted.
2) The journal is an Open Access journal and if the Open Access publishing fee is not paid the article will not be published
3) The fund may be used to support the payment of other article charges, such as the costs of illustrations, colour figures or excess pages, for UK Research and Innovation grants that start after 1 April 2013, where these have NOT already been asked for in your grant proposal to the Research Councils and where the fund has sufficient funds to meet these costs.
Where costs for the above categories exist these will be met from the block grant until such times as it is depleted.
Please do not assume all papers will be funded as the funds are finite and sometimes it is not necessary to pay to comply with funders terms. Contact email@example.com when a paper is accepted and we will confirm if payment is necessary and possible.
UK Research and Innovation policy and frequently accessed questions can be viewed at:
UKRI is currently reviewing its policy and we expect a public consultation in 2020 and new policy implementation during 2020. Read more here https://www.ukri.org/funding/information-for-award-holders/open-access/open-access-review/