All research publications should include acknowledgement of the funding that supported the research, including funder name and grant numbers, and a data access statement and should be published in compliance with funder open access requirements.
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").
- Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
- Biotechnology and Biosciences Research Council (BBSRC)
- Economic and Social Sciences Research Council (ESRC)
- Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
- Medical Research Council (MRC)
- Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
- Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
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, for accepted manuscript in a repository: 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.
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.
Policy: Wellcome Trust open access policy (articles submitted for publication before 31st December 2019); Wellcome Trust open access policy 2021 (articles submitted for publication from 1st January 2021)
Scope: Peer-reviewed original research articles. The policy does not cover editorials, letters, conference proceedings, review articles or study protocols.
Maximum embargo: 6 months, allowed if no compliant paid open access option is available.
From 1st January 2021, no embargo is allowed.
Repository: All articles must be made available in PubMed Central (PMC). If an APC is paid, publisher must deposit final full text to PMC immediately upon publication. If no APC payment, author upload of accepted manuscript via Europe PubMed Central Plus.
Paid open access: Should be chosen if the publisher offers a Wellcome Trust compliant paid open access option.
Open access licence: CC BY (only)
From 1st January 2021, CC BY licence is required for all articles, not only if we pay an open access APC. Authors / Institutions are required to retain copyright.
Source of APC funding: The Open Research team administer central Wellcome Trust open access funds. Submit an open access funding request upon acceptance.
From 1st January 2021, we can only pay for open access in fully open access journals and platforms, we can no longer pay APCs in hybrid journals.
From 1st January 2021 until 31st December 2024, we can pay APCs for hybrid journals in "transformative agreements".
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.
Check compliance of your chosen journal with the Wellcome Trust prior to submission using SHERPA/FACT.
Book chapters and monographs
Scope: Book chapters and monographs funded by the Wellcome Trust.
Maximum allowed embargo, for accepted manuscript in PMC Bookshelf: 6 months.
Repository: PubMed Central
Open access licence: CC BY (only) is strongly preferred. If CC BY (only) not available, CC-BY-NC or CC-BY-NC-ND
Source of APC funding: Supplementation of research grant. Apply to the Wellcome Trust for OA funding.
Exeter requirements: Book chapters and monographs are not covered by the University of Exeter open access and research data management policy.
- European Research Council (ERC),
- Horizon 2020 (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.
ERC FAQs include a number relating to open access.
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.
- 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 applies to the "main findings paper", which must be published in a peer-reviewed open access journal. Authors are encouraged to make other outputs open access, but are not required to do so if there are no funds in the grant to pay.
The policy does not cover books, critical editions, volumes, catalogues, or non-peer-reviewed material, although the NIHR encourages authors to consider making these outputs open access where possible.
Maximum allowed embargo: None.
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 awarding NIHR coordinating centre to discuss publication and payment.
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 workflow. Submit an open access funding request upon acceptance.
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 workflow. Submit an open access funding request upon acceptance.