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Health charities and open access

The COAF partnership, which began in October 2014, ceased on 30 September 2020. All partners are committed to open access and will continue to fund open access costs for the researchers they support. However, the mechanisms for supporting open access will vary across the individual charities.

From 1 October 2020, there will be changes to the block grants that the University receives, and therefore changes to policies and processes on which article processing charges (APCs) can be paid for through centrally administered funds. 

Please note that upfront costs arising from the Nature journals Guided Open Access initiative cannot be met from the block grants received from charities. 

Below you will find details on how each individual charity is supporting open access and funded authors:

 
Wellcome Trust
  • Change in policyNew OA policy effective from 1 January 2021 onwards. Key changes:
    1. Policy applies to peer-reviewed research articles submitted for publication on or after 1/1/2021.
    2. Three permissible routes to publication (fully open access journal or platform; subscription journal; subscription journal included in a transformative agreement). 
    3. All submissions to peer-reviewed journals that report original research must include a set text. This associates a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence with any Author Accepted Manuscript (AAM) version that arises, enabling dissemination of the AAM without embargo by open access repositories. (Note: Wellcome have updated their guidance to help researchers comply with its policy if a journal discourages an author from making their AAM open access.)
    4. Articles must be made immediately open access (no embargo allowed) in Europe PMC
    5. All research articles supported in whole, or in part, by Wellcome must include a statement explaining how other researchers can access any data, original software or materials underpinning the research.
  • Mechanism for providing funds for OA: The University of Nottingham has been awarded a 12-month block grant by Wellcome, with a start date of 1 October 2020
  • How do I pay for my article processing charge?: UoN gold open access webform
  • APCs in fully OA journals?: Yes
  • APCs in subscription-based journals?: No
  • Open access licence: CC BY
  • Transformative Agreements registered with ESAC and approved by Jisc Collections?: Yes
  • cOAlition S approved Transformative Journals?: Yes

For more information, please read the Wellcome page on Complying with our open access policy or email openaccess@wellcome.org

Authors can use the Journal Checker Tool, to see whether their preferred journal allows them to comply with the Wellcome open access policy. 

 
Blood Cancer UK
  • Change in policy: No change
  • Mechanism for providing funds for OA: Paid as part of grant funds or on a case by case basis
  • How do I pay for my article processing charge?: Please contact research@bloodcancer.org.uk
  • APCs in fully OA journals?: Yes
  • APCs in subscription-based journals?: Yes
  • Open access licence: CC BY
  • Transformative Agreements registered with ESAC and approved by Jisc Collections?: TBC
  • cOAlition S approved Transformative Journals?: Yes

For more information, please contact research@bloodcancer.org.uk

 
British Heart Foundation
  • Change in policy: No change
  • Mechanism for providing funds for OA: BHF will fund APCs for primary research articles and noncommissioned reviews through a block grant awarded to the University of Nottingham for a 6-month period (1 October 2020 – 31 March 2021)
  • How do I pay for my article processing charge?UoN gold open access webform
  • APCs in fully OA journals?: Yes
  • APCs in subscription-based journals?: Yes
  • Open access licence: CC BY
  • Transformative Agreements registered with ESAC and approved by Jisc Collections?: Yes
  • cOAlition S approved Transformative Journals?: Yes

For more information, please contact research@bhf.org.uk

 
Cancer Research UK
  • Change in policy: Current policy applies but a new, immediate OA policy will become effective from 1 January 2022 onwards. The new policy will require articles accepted for final publication on or after 1 January 2022 to be made openly available in Europe PMC immediately on publication.
  • Mechanism for providing funds for OA: Authors can use grant funds or publish compliantly using the green route to open access
  • How do I pay for my article processing charge?: Grant funds
  • APCs in fully OA journals?: Yes
  • APCs in subscription-based journals?: Yes
  • Open access licence: CC BY
  • Transformative Agreements registered with ESAC and approved by Jisc Collections?: Yes
  • cOAlition S approved Transformative Journals?: Yes

For more information, please contact policies@cancer.org.uk

 
Parkinson's UK
  • Change in policyNo change
  • Mechanism for providing funds for OA: Additional allowable costs through grant applications and directly from Parkinson’s UK
  • How do I pay for my article processing charge?: Please contact researchapplications@parkinsons.org.uk
  • APCs in fully OA journals?: Yes
  • APCs in subscription-based journals?: Yes
  • Open access licence: CC BY
  • Transformative Agreements registered with ESAC and approved by Jisc Collections?: Yes
  • cOAlition S approved Transformative Journals?: Yes

For more information, please contact researchapplications@parkinsons.org.uk

 
Versus Arthritis
  • Change in policyNo change
  • Mechanism for providing funds for OA: Details to be announced soon
  • How do I pay for my article processing charge?: Apply directly via Grant Tracker if your host institution or another funder cannot meet the costs of APCs
  • APCs in fully OA journals?: Yes
  • APCs in subscription-based journals?: Yes
  • Open access licence: CC BY
  • Transformative Agreements registered with ESAC and approved by Jisc Collections?: TBC
  • cOAlition S approved Transformative Journals?: Yes

For more information, please contact research@versusarthritis.org 

 

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