Funder policies

Research should be published in compliance with funder open access requirements. All research publications should include acknowledgement of the funding that supported the research, including funder name and grant numbers, and a data access statement. 

Check the terms and conditions of your research grant for open access obligations. Check your funder open access policy (if applicable). SHERPA/JULIET provides an overview of funder open access policies.

You may be able to meet your funder requirements by uploading your accepted manuscript to a repository (self-archiving, or "green" open access). If the publisher-imposed embargo exceeds your funder allowed maximum, you may need to pay for open access (gold).

Research funders:

Policy: RCUK open access policy

Scope: Peer-reviewed research articles, review articles not commissioned by publishers and conference proceedings acknowledging funding by Research Councils UK.

Maximum allowed embargo: 6 months (BBSRC, EPSRC, MRC, NERC, STFC) or 12 months (AHRC, ESRC)

Repository: BBSRC and MRC funded papers should be deposited in PubMed Central

Paid open access licence: CC BY (only)

Source of APC funding: UK Research Councils open access block grant, administered by Open Research. Submit an open access funding request upon acceptance.

Author eligibility: Lead/corresponding author is based at Exeter. Paper is accepted but not yet published. Contact us to discuss publications not meeting these criteria.

Exeter requirements: Upload the accepted manuscript, upon acceptance, via Symplectic to ORE.

Other publication charges: Although the primary purpose of the UK Research Councils open access block grant is to support open access publication, this fund can also be used to pay other publication charges including page, colour and figure charges. Submit a publication charges funding request.

Research funders:

Policy: Check individual funder policies.

Scope: Original peer-reviewed research articles. Check individual funder policies for details.

The Wellcome Trust also require open access to scholarly monographs and book chapters.

Maximum allowed embargo: 6 months, if no compliant paid open access available.

Repository: PubMed Central

Paid open access licence: CC BY (only)

Source of APC funding: The Charity Open Access Fund (COAF), administered by the Open Research team, can be used to pay for open access to peer-reviewed research articles, non-commissioned reviews and study protocols funded by COAF partner charities. Submit an open access funding request upon acceptance.

Author eligibility: Lead/corresponding author or grant holder is based at Exeter. Paper is accepted but not yet published. Contact us to discuss publications not meeting these criteria.

Exeter requirements: Upload the accepted manuscript, upon acceptance, via Symplectic to ORE.

Check compliance of your chosen journal with the open access policy of your COAF Funder prior to submission using SHERPA/FACT.

Research funders:

  • European Research Council (ERC),
  • FP7
  • Horizon 2020 (H2020)

Policy: ERC open access guidelinesopen access in FP7open access in H2020.

Depending on the type of grant and work programme under which it was awarded, different rules related to open access apply. View ERC open access overview for details.

Scope: Peer-reviewed research articles, monographs and other research publications supported in whole, or in part, by ERC funding.

Maximum allowed embargo: 6 months (STEM) or 12 months (HASS)

Repository: The use of discipline-specific repositories is encouraged. A list of recommended repositories is included in ERC open access guidelines.

Paid open access licence: None specified.

Source of APC funding: Open access fees are eligible to be charged against ERC and H2020 grants, if incurred during the duration of the project. Payment administered by College finance teams.

Exeter requirements: Upload the accepted manuscript, upon acceptance, via Symplectic to ORE.

Research funders:

  • National Institute of Health Research (NIHR)

Policy: NIHR open access policy.

Scope: Peer-reviewed research articles and review articles not commissioned by publishers that are supported in whole, or in part, by NIHR funding.

The policy does not cover books, critical editions, volumes and catalogues, or forms of non-peer-reviewed material, although the NIHR encourages authors of such material to consider making them open access where possible.

Maximum allowed embargo: Not specified; preference is for immediate open access.

Repository: PubMed Central

Paid open access licence: CC BY (only)

Source of APC funding: It is expected that award holders will make provision from the award to cover publication costs. If necessary, contact the awarding NIHR Managing Centre to discuss publication and payment.

Exeter requirements: Upload the accepted manuscript, upon acceptance, via Symplectic to ORE.

Policy: Check the terms and conditions of your research grant to see if you have open access obligations and whether any open access policy applies.

Exeter requirements: Upload the accepted manuscript, upon acceptance, via Symplectic to ORE.

Source of APC funding: Open access fees may be eligible costs to be charged to your research grant, if incurred during the duration of the award. Check grant terms and conditions to confirm.

For papers that have no funding for open access from the funder of research, Institutional APC Funds are available. View the Institutional APC Fund workflowSubmit an open access funding request upon acceptance.

Exeter requirements: Upload the accepted manuscript, upon acceptance, via Symplectic to ORE.

Source of APC funding:  For papers that have no funding for open access from the funder of research, Institutional APC Funds are available. View the Institutional APC Fund workflowSubmit an open access funding request upon acceptance.