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Open Access funding

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

  1. UKRI Open Access block grant 2021-22 (for papers acknowledging funding from AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC or STFC)
  2. The Wellcome Trust Open Access block grant 2020-21
  3. Cancer Research UK (CRUK) Open Access block grant 2020-21
  4. British Heart Foundation (BHF) Open Access block grant 2021

These funds are allocated to the University to enable researchers to comply with their funders’ OA policies. 

These funders have set conditions for the use of their OA funds. Some journals are not compliant with the requirements of the OA policies of these funders and Article Processing Charges (APCs) cannot be paid in such circumstances. The Library will assess all funding requests according to funder eligibility criteria and may liaise with authors if clarification of funding acknowledged, funds requested or publishing route is required.

Please note, there are currently no other funds available to support OA publishing outside of transformative agreements that have been arranged between the University and publishers detailed on the below webpage. It is not possible for the Library to approve funding requests for unfunded papers, or papers which acknowledge any funding not listed above, unless authors are publishing in a journal connected to one of these transformative agreements.

Requesting Open Access funding

Funded papers accepted for publication

If you are hoping to access funds from the block grants listed above, you should submit your Author Accepted Manuscript (AAM) using the Library deposit form in the Open Access (OA) Gateway, ticking the box to indicate your funder. 

Funded research should include a full grant acknowledgement, including grant number/s.

Unfunded papers, or papers not yet accepted for publication

If you wish to ask a general question about Open Access; request funding for a fully Open Access journal; enquire about Open Access for a book chapter or monograph; or seek use of the University Open Access fund for unfunded research (currently unavailable), please use our Open Access enquiry form:

Open Access enquiry form

If you plan to publish in a fully Open Access journal, please contact us using the above form to discuss funding options prior to submission. Authors should not submit papers to a fully Open Access journal, or request an invoice for Open Access fees from their publisher, before the Library approves their funding request. If Open Access fees are incurred without prior funding approval from the Library, the Library may be unable to commit to paying these charges.

If your publisher requests payment prior to acceptance, please contact us using the above form so we can determine if funding is available for your paper and to confirm the legitimacy of the publisher. Do not request an invoice from the publisher or provide billing details before the Library has considered your funding options and approved your funding request. Schools will be liable for payment of invoices arranged without the Library’s involvement.

Further details on how funds can be used are provided below:

UKRI OA Block Grant

The 2021-22 UKRI Open Access block grant is now available for papers which acknowledge funding from any of the UKRI councils: AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC, STFC.

If your funded paper has been accepted for publication, please request funding using the Library deposit form in the Open Access Gateway.

If you are planning to submit your funded paper to a fully Open Access journal, or are required to select Open Access for your paper prior to acceptance, please contact us using the Open Access enquiry form.

The Wellcome Trust

The Wellcome Trust’s Open Access publication policy has now changed. Previously, Wellcome allowed a 6-month embargo on its funded research outputs between publication and a copy being made Open Access.

From 1st January 2021, a 6-month embargo is no longer tolerated.

Wellcome Open Access funding can be used to cover APCs for peer-reviewed original journal articles or non-commissioned reviews, published in either:

  • Reputable fully OA journals (i.e. listed in DOAJ or a member of OASPA). Authors will apply for Open Access through the Library’s Open Access Gateway

Or

  • Hybrid (subscription) journals that offer the CC-BY licence and have established a Transformative Agreement with the University of Manchester or are approved Transformative Journals. Authors will apply for Open Access through the Library’s Open Access Gateway

Wellcome Trust funded author can use the Journal Checker Tool to confirm if their preferred journal enables them to comply with The Wellcome Trust's Open Access publication policy, and, if so, which route to use.

The Wellcome Trust ask ALL authors to include the following statement on all submissions of original research to peer reviewed journals to guarantee rights retention for immediate Open Access:

'This research was funded in whole, or in part, by the Wellcome Trust [Grant number] for the purpose of Open Access, the author has applied a CC-BY public copyright licence to any Author Accepted Manuscript version arising from this submission.’

Please note: Wellcome Open Access funding cannot be used to pay any fees other than those directly associated with OA. Submission, publication, page, colour or cover artwork charges are not eligible for payment.

British Heart Foundation

The 2021 British Heart Foundation (BHF) Open Access block grant is now available for papers which acknowledge funding from BHF.

If your funded paper has been accepted for publication, please request funding using the Library deposit form in the Open Access Gateway.

If you are planning to submit your funded paper to a fully Open Access journal, or are required to select Open Access for your paper prior to acceptance, please contact us using the Open Access enquiry form.

Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK Open Access funding can be used to cover APCs for peer-reviewed original journal articles or non-commissioned reviews, published in either:

  • Reputable fully OA journals (i.e. listed in DOAJ or a member of OASPA)

Or

  • Hybrid (subscription) journals that offer the CC-BY licence and allow deposit to EuropePMC within 6 months of publication

Please note: Cancer Research UK Open Access funding cannot be used to pay any fees other than those directly associated with OA. Submission, publication, page, colour or cover artwork charges are not eligible for payment.

Versus Arthritis

The Charity Open Access Fund (COAF) ended on the 30th September 2020. Versus Arthritis funded authors should now apply directly to their funder for help meeting the cost of an Article Processing Charge (APC).

Authors requiring support to publish articles resulting from work funded by Versus Arthritis should apply directly to their funder through Grant Tracker.

More information about Versus Arthritis’ Open Access policy and funding option can be found on the Versus Arthritis website.

Blood Cancer UK

The Charity Open Access Fund (COAF) ended on the 30th September 2020. Blood Cancer UK-funded authors seeking Open Access funding are advised to use existing grant funds or to contact their funder for help meeting the cost of an Article Processing Charge (APC).

More information about Blood Cancer UK's Open Access policy and funding options can be found on the Blood Cancer UK website.

Parkinson's UK

The Charity Open Access Fund (COAF) ended on the 30th September 2020. Parkinson’s UK funded authors seeking Open Access funding are advised to use existing grant funds or to contact their funder for help meeting the cost of an Article Processing Charge (APC).

More information about the Parkinson's UK Open Access policy can be found on the Parkinson's UK website.

University Open Access Fund

The 2020-21 University Open Access Fund has now been fully allocated. This means that the Library is no longer able to cover the cost of publishing unfunded outputs Gold Open Access. 

Deposit your author accepted manuscript (AAM) via the Open Access Gateway and the Library will arrange for your paper to be published Green Open Access, i.e. self-archived in the University’s repository. This will ensure that funder, institutional and national Open Access policy requirements are met. 

We have a number of agreements with publishers where the payment of an APC is not required - further information about these agreements is available via the following webpage:

Unless your chosen journal is included in one of the above agreements, please ensure that you do not select your publisher’s immediate Open Access option when completing publisher forms, as the Library will be unable to cover any associated costs that are incurred. 

This page will be updated once the 2021-2022 University OA Fund is confirmed, in August 2021.

If you have any other questions about funding, please contact the Open Access Service team.

Publisher transformative agreements 

The Library has arranged transformative agreements with several publishers, details of which are available via the below webpage. Some agreements are restricted to authors funded by UKRI or the medical charities, or are limited to certain journals. The Open Access team can provide information and guidance for authors interested in accessing one of these agreements

Publisher APC discounts

Some learned societies offer APC discounts to their members, e.g. American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Discounts are available to Manchester authors publishing Open Access with the following publishers:

Bioscientifica

Summary

  • 50% discount on APCs (approximate APC cost of £1,620)
  • Deal applies to hybrid Open Access (subscription) journals

Author actions

  • During the submission process state that you are affiliated with The University of Manchester

Science Advances

Summary

  • 10% discount on APC for Manchester authors

Author actions

  • When completing the 'author charge' within the Rightslink system, click 'Apply Discounts'
  • Under 'Affiliation discount,' enter The University of Manchester. It is essential to include 'The' at the start of the University's name
  • Click 'Apply discount,' then 'Next' to complete the Rightslink form