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About the University Open Access funds

The Open Access (OA) funds currently available at the University are,

  1. RCUK block grant
  2. Charity Open Access Fund (COAF).

These funds are allocated to the University to enable researchers to comply with their funder’s OA policy. Awards are made to the University annually. Currently allocations to researchers are made on a first come, first served basis, subject to papers meeting required eligibility criteria.

RCUK and the COAF medical charities have set conditions for the use of their OA funds.  Authors should note that some journals are not compliant with the requirements of the OA policies of these funders; Article Processing Charges (APCs) cannot be paid in such circumstances.

 

Who can apply?

  1. RCUK block grant - Authors of peer-reviewed research papers, resulting from and acknowledging a research grant provided by one or more of the seven UK Research Councils* (RCUK), who satisfy their funder’s eligibility criteria (see below)
  2. Charity Open Access Fund - Authors of peer-reviewed original journal articles, resulting from and acknowledging a research grant provided by the participating charities**, who satisfy their funder’s eligibility criteria (see below)

* AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC, STFC

** Arthritis Research UK, Bloodwise, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Parkinson's UK, The Wellcome Trust

How do I apply?

Requests for funding should usually made when a paper has been accepted for publication. Authors planning to publish in fully OA journals should discuss funding with the Library prior to submission. Requests should be submitted using the Library deposit form. A University log-in is required to access this form. 

Authors are required to deposit the Author Accepted Manuscript (AAM) of their article when submitting a request. The AAM is the version of the paper at the point of acceptance, following peer-review, but not yet formatted for publication by the journal. It is not the same as the copy-edited, typeset or published paper, which may be referred to as a ‘proof’ or ‘version of record.’ 

Authors who cannot access the Library deposit form or who are requesting payment for book chapters or monographs should submit requests by email, to

COAF update September 2017: Please see ‘COAF eligibility criteria’ below for the revised procedure for requesting payment of Gold OA fees for each COAF funder.

RCUK eligibility criteria

RCUK's Open Access (OA) Policy applies to peer-reviewed research papers (articles and conference proceedings). Invited review articles are not a requirement of the policy but authors may request Gold OA for such papers.

RCUK-funded authors must answer ‘Yes’ to all of the following questions to be eligible for an APC.

  1. Does the paper acknowledge an RCUK grant, including a grant code? (see funder-approved examples below)
  2. If the paper acknowledges RCUK grants awarded to institutions other than The University of Manchester, is the corresponding author's affiliation The University of Manchester?
  3. Does your paper comply with other funder requirements? I.e., EPSRC-funded papers must include a statement on availability of underlying research data, if applicable (see example templates below)
  4. Will the paper be published under a CC-BY or equivalent licence*?

Please note: Authors funded by MRC must also ensure that their paper is deposited in Europe PMC within 6 months of publication.

Authors fulfilling these eligibility criteria should follow instructions in the How do I apply section.

*Information about licensing options for OA publications can be found by checking SHERPA/FACT, on publisher websites or by contacting the Library.

COAF eligibility criteria 

 

The terms of the Charity Open Access Fund (COAF) are based on The Wellcome Trust’s Open Access (OA) Policy which applies to peer-reviewed original journal articles and uninvited review papers, but not to commissioned review articles, editorials or conference proceedings.

 

COAF-funded authors must answer ‘Yes’ to all of the following questions to be eligible for an APC.

 

  1. Does the paper acknowledge a grant from one or more of the following charities, including a grant number? (see funder-approved examples below)

 

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

 

  1. Does the paper include an author affiliation to the University of Manchester?
  2. Will the paper be published under a CC-BY or equivalent licence*?
  3. Will the publisher automatically add the paper to Europe PMC?

 

Authors fulfilling these eligibility criteria should follow instructions in the How do I apply section.

 

*Information about licensing options for Open Access publications can be found by checking SHERPA/FACT, on publisher websites or by contacting the Library.

 

What happens to requests?

 

The Library will,

 

  • check that requests meet funder eligibility criteria
  • inform requesters of the outcome of their request
  • advise requesters of the payment process
  • make the APC payment

What happens to requests submitted to the Library?

The Library will,

  • check that requests meet funder eligibility criteria
  • inform requesters of the outcome of their request
  • advise requesters of the payment process
  • make the APC payment

Further information

See the FAQ for further information. Alternatively, authors who are uncertain about their eligibility for an APC payment or who have further questions can contact the Library for advice.

Scholarly Communication Service
The University of Manchester Library
Tel: +44(0)161 306 1517 (internal: x61517)
Email: uml.openaccess@manchester.ac.uk 

Example of funder-approved acknowledgement format

Single grant

This work was supported by [Funder] [grant number xxxxx].

Multiple grants

This work was supported by the [Funder 1] [grant numbers xxxx, yyyy]; [Funder 2] [grant number zzzz]; and [Funder 3] [grant number aaaa].

 

Example of data statements

My paper contains data which are openly available

  • All research data supporting this publication are directly available within this publication.
  • Additional research data supporting this publication are available from the [insert repository name] repository at [insert DOI].

My paper does not refer to underlying research data

  • This is a review article, and therefore all data underlying this study are cited in the references.

It is not possible to make my research data openly available

  • Due to ethical concerns, supporting data cannot be made openly available. Further information about the data and conditions for access are available from the [insert repository name] repository at [insert DOI].

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