UK Research and Innovation (previously RCUK) Open Access to Articles

The University holds a block grant from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to cover open access costs.

The fund can only be used where it is necessary to pay the open access fee to comply with funder requirements and where 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 costs can be paid for papers that are accepted to journals with mandatory publication charges, called Article Processing Charges (APCs). Costs can only be paid where the publisher will provide a CC-BY licence.

It should not be assumed that all open access costs for papers acknowledging UKRI funders can be covered.

By selecting an open access licence as part of the article acceptance process, you may inadvertently agree to pay an APC. Contact us at research-openaccess@glasgow.ac.uk if you are in any doubt about which licence to select.

UKRI Funders

The UKRI funders are:

  • Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
  • Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
  • Medical Research Council (MRC), including the National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs)
  • Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
  • Science and Technology Research Council (STFC)

Embargoes

For Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine disciplines (mainly work funded by BBSRC, EPSRC, MRC, NERC or STFC), UKRI will accept a 6 month embargo.

For Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, (mainly work funded by AHRC or ESRC) UKRI will accept a 12 month embargo.

These embargoes are sometimes extended to 12 months for Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine and 24 months for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences where UKRI block grant is depleted.

Eligibility

The University will allocate funds to pay APCs for papers acknowledging UKRI awards held at the University of 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 is indicated by a CC-BY licence.  For more details on this form of licensing see http://creativecommons.org/licenses/

2) The article is accepted to a fully Open Access journal and if the publication fee is not paid the article will not be published.

3) The fund may be used to support the payment of other mandatory article charges, such as page charges where we are paying the open access fee. 

Please do not assume that all costs will be funded. The funds are finite and sometimes it is not necessary to pay to comply with funders’ requirements. Contact research-openaccess@glasgow.ac.uk when a paper is accepted and we will confirm if payment is necessary and possible.

UKRI Policy

The UKRI policy and frequently accessed questions can be viewed at: UK Research and Innovation Open Access Policy

UKRI is currently reviewing its policy and we expect a public consultation in 2020 and new policy implementation during 2020.  The deadline has been moved to 29th May 2020.  The VP Research Office is drafting a response and will invite input from colleages.  Read more here https://www.ukri.org/funding/information-for-award-holders/open-access/open-access-review/