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Funder policies

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, publish open access on the publisher website,  there may be a fee to pay.

Policy: Alzheimer's Society open access policy.

Scope: Peer-reviewed, primary research articles.

Repository: All papers must be deposited in Europe PubMed Central (PMC). The publisher may deposit to PMC on your behalf (you may need to opt in to this). If they do not deposit to PMC for you, upload yourself using the Europe PMC author manuscript submission system.

Maximum allowed embargo, for accepted manuscript in a repository: six months, in Europe PMC.

Paid open access licence: Not specified.

Source of APC funding: Alzheimer's Society will consider requests to use underspend on grants to pay open access costs - contact the funder to enquire. If no funds are available in the research grant, we may be able to pay APCs using the institutional open access fund, which is administered according to the University central open access funds policySubmit an open access funding request upon submission to a fully open access journal. Conact us upon acceptance to a "hybrid" journal to discuss your open access options and whether you need to pay to publish open access to comply.

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

Policy: British Heart Foundation open access policy

Scope: Peer-reviewed primary research papers, non-commissioned reviews.

Repository: All papers must be deposited in Europe PubMed Central (PMC). If you pay to publish open access, the publisher must deposit to PMC. If you do not pay to publish open access, the publisher may deposit to PMC on your behalf (you may need to opt in to this). If they do not deposit to PMC for you, upload yourself using the Europe PMC author manuscript submission system.

Maximum allowed embargo, for accepted manuscript in a repository: six months, in Europe PMC.

Paid open access licence: Creative Commons Attribution Licence CC BY 4.0 (only).

Source of APC funding: British Heart Foundation (BHF) open access block grant, administered by Open Research Team. The 2020-2021 block grant has already been spent but we may be able to pay APCs using the institutional open access fund, which is administered according to the University policy for managing central open access fundsSubmit an open access funding request  upon submission to a fully open access journal. Conact us upon acceptance to a "hybrid" journal to discuss your open access options and whether you need to pay to publish open access to comply.

Author eligibility: (for BHF block grant / institutional open access funds) Lead/corresponding author has a current affiliation with University of Exeter (and an active Symplectic account).

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

Other publication charges: British Heart Foundation do not support payment of other publication charges such as page or colour charges.

Policy: Cancer Research UK open access policy.

Scope: Peer-reviewed original (i.e. primary data-based) research papers. The policy does not apply to book chapters, monographs, editorials, reviews or conference proceedings.

Repository: All papers must be deposited in Europe PubMed Central (PMC). If you pay to publish open access, the publisher must deposit to PMC. If you do not pay to publish open access, the publisher may deposit to PMC on your behalf (you may need to opt in to this). If they do not deposit to PMC for you, upload yourself using the Europe PMC author manuscript submission system.

Maximum allowed embargo, for accepted manuscript in a repository: six months, in Europe PMC.

Paid open access licence: Creative Commons Attribution Licence CC BY 4.0 (only).

Source of APC funding: The University of Exeter does not have a Cancer Research UK block grant. Researchers may cover APC costs using unspent Cancer Research UK grant funds. If there are no funds available in the research grant, we may be able to pay APCs using the institutional open access fund, which is administered according to the University policy for managing open access fundsSubmit an open access funding request  upon submission to a fully open access journal; contact us upon submission or acceptance to a "hybrid" journal to discuss your open access options and whether you need to pay to publish open access to comply.

Author eligibility: Lead/corresponding author has a current affiliation with University of Exeter (and an active Symplectic account).

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

Preprints: Cancer Research UK funded researchers are encouraged to post preprints of their work and publish them under a CC BY licence on a platform that is indexed in Europe PMC.

Policy: Diabetes UK open access policy.

Scope: Not specified.

Repository: All papers must be deposited in Europe PubMed Central (PMC). The publisher may deposit to PMC on your behalf (you may need to opt in to this). If they do not deposit to PMC for you, upload yourself using the Europe PMC author manuscript submission system. In exceptional circumstances only and with the prior approval of Diabetes UK, Diabetes UK funded researchers may publish in a journal that would not allow the article to be deposited in Europe PubMed Central within six months.

Maximum allowed embargo, for accepted manuscript in a repository: six months, in Europe PMC.

Paid open access licence: Not specified.

Source of APC funding: Where there is an under-spend on a Diabetes UK grant, where the publication has been wholly funded by Diabetes UK, and with the written permission of Diabetes UK, this may be used to meet the cost of open access fees. If there are no funds available in the research grant, we may be able to pay APCs using the institutional open access fund, which is administered according to the University central open access funds policySubmit an open access funding request upon submission to a fully open access journal. Conact us upon acceptance to a "hybrid" journal to discuss your open access options and whether you need to pay to publish open access to comply.

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

Research funders:

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

Policy: ERC open access guidelines, Horizon 2020 open access to scientific publications and research data

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.

Factsheet: Open Research Europe (ORE) - an open access publishing platform for Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe research results.

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.

Factsheet: Open Science in Horizon Europe

Factsheet: Open Research Europe (ORE) - an open access publishing platform for Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe research results

Policy: The Leverhulme Trust make no stipulations regarding mandatory archiving or open access publication for Leverhulme grant holders, read question 8 on the Leverhulme Trust website.

Source of APC funding: Open access is a permissable cost during the duration of the award, read question 6 on the Leverhulme website. After the research grant has ended, or if you have no funds available to pay for open access in the research grant, we may be able to pay APCs using the institutional open access fund, which is administered according to the University central open access funds policySubmit an open access funding request upon submission to a fully open access journal. According to the University policy we can only pay APCs in hybrid journals when payment is essential for funder compliance, contact us upon acceptance to a hybrid journal to discuss your open access options.

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, catalogues, or non-peer-reviewed material, although the NIHR encourages authors to consider making these outputs open access where possible.

The "main study findings paper" must be published in a peer-reviewed open access journal. Open access to other outputs is encouraged, but not mandated.

Licence: Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) Licence

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.

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

Policy: Parkinson's UK open access policy.

Scope: Original research papers. The policy does not apply to editorials, letters, commissioned reviews, scholarly monographs, conference proceedings or book chapters.

Repository: All papers must be deposited in Europe PubMed Central (PMC). If you pay to publish open access, the publisher must deposit to PMC. If you do not pay to publish open access, the publisher may deposit to PMC on your behalf (you may need to opt in to this). If they do not deposit to PMC for you, upload yourself using the Europe PMC author manuscript submission system.

Maximum allowed embargo, for accepted manuscript in a repository: six months, in Europe PMC.

Paid open access licence: Creative Commons Attribution Licence CC BY (only).

Source of APC funding: Researchers may use any unspent grant money to pay for APCs or contact Parkinson's UK at researchapplications@parkinsons.org.uk to discuss their options.

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

Other publication charges: Parkinson's UK do not support payment of other publication charges such as page or colour charges.

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, for accepted manuscript in a repository: when APC funds are available, max. 6 months (BBSRC, EPSRC, MRC, NERC, STFC) or 12 months (AHRC, ESRC). When APC funds are unavailable, max. 6 months (MRC), 12 months (BBSRC, EPSRC, NERC, STFC), 24 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 Team. Submit an open access funding request upon acceptance to a "hybrid" journal; apply upon submission to a fully open access journal. Apply before the paper is published online as we cannot pay if the paper has already been published online not as open access (any version).

Author eligibility: Lead/corresponding author has a current affiliation with University of Exeter (and an active Symplectic account).

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

Other publication charges: including page, colour and excess length charges. Please approach your publisher to request a waiver of your publication fee; opt for colour "online only", free of charge (many publishers only charge for printing colour in paper journals). If your publication charges are mandatory, you have requested a waiver and they cannot be waived you are welcome to contact us.

UKRI open access review - new policy expected summer 2021

Policy: Versus Arthritis open access policy.

Scope: Original research papers. The policy does not apply to editorials, letters, commissioned reviews, non-commissioned reviews, scholarly monographs, conference proceedings or book chapters.

Repository: All papers must be deposited in Europe PubMed Central (PMC). If you pay to publish open access, the publisher must deposit to PMC. If you do not pay to publish open access, the publisher may deposit to PMC on your behalf (you may need to opt in to this). If they do not deposit to PMC for you, upload yourself using the Europe PMC author manuscript submission system.

Maximum allowed embargo, for accepted manuscript in a repository: six months, in Europe PMC.

Paid open access licence: Creative Commons Attribution Licence CC BY (only).

Source of APC funding: Versus Arthritis has a limited budget to pay reasonable open access costs. Authors should apply directly to the funder via Grant Tracker (https://gt.versusarthritis.org/login). If no funds are available from the funder, researchers can apply to the institutional open access fund, which is administered according to the University policy for managing open access fundsSubmit an open access funding request  upon submission to a fully open access journal; contact us upon submission or acceptance to a "hybrid" journal to discuss your open access options and whether you need to pay to publish open access to comply.

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

Other publication charges: Versus Arthritis do not support payment of other publication charges such as page or colour charges.

Peer-reviewed original research articles

Policy: Wellcome Trust open access policy 2021.

Scope: Peer-reviewed original research articles acknowledging Wellcome Trust funding, wholly or in part, submitted for publication on or after 01 January 2021  (articles submitted before this date should comply with the previous Wellcome policy).

Repository: All papers must be deposited in Europe PubMed Central (PMC). If you publish open access, the publisher must deposit to PMC. If you do not publish open access, the publisher may deposit to PMC on your behalf (you may need to opt in to this). If they do not deposit to PMC for you, upload yourself using the Europe PMC author manuscript submission system.

Maximum allowed embargo: No embargo allowed; all papers must be open access in Europe PMC immediately upon publication.

Open access licence: Creative Commons Attribution Licence (CC BY) (only) must be applied to all papers, whether open access is provided on the publisher website, or to the accepted manuscript in Europe PMC.

Acknowledging funding: From 01 January 2021, all grant holders (new and current) will automatically grant a CC BY licence to all their future Author Accepted Manuscripts (AAM). Submissions of original research to peer-reviewed journals must include the statement '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'. This ensures researchers can publish in any journal they choose and still comply with Welcome policy by uploading to Europe PMC with the CC BY licence and no embargo.

Data statement: All research articles must include a statement explaining how other researchers can access any data, original software or materials underpinning the research.

Pre-printing: Wellcome Trust funded researchers are strongly encouraged to post preprints of their work and to make them available with a CC BY licence via a platform that is indexed in EPMC. Pre-printing is mandated in public health emergencies.

Open access funding: Centrally administered Wellcome Trust open access funds are available to pay APCs in fully open access journals that are indexed in DOAJ, meet the technical requirements of cOAlition S and where the publisher will deposit the final published full text with CC BY (only) licence to PMC and EPMC upon publication. You can publish open access in compliance with Wellcome in journals included in Transformative Agreements that we have signed up to with publishers, we have pre-paid open access publishing for these.

Further information: Wellcome Trust web page 'complying with our open access policy'. Check compliance of your chosen journal with Wellcome policy using Journal Checker Tool ("beta" service". Read the Wellcome Trust Press Release (March, 2021) on open access compliance in hybrid journals.

Routes to open access:

  • publish in a fully open access journal / platform that offers a Wellcome compliant publishing option. Contact the Open Research Team upon submission to apply for open access funding
  • publish open access in a hybrid journal that is included in a publihser Transformative Agreement that we have signed up to, no fee will be due at the point of publication as it has already been paid through an annual fee to the publisher
  • publish not as open access in a hybrid / subscription journal that is not included in a Transformative Agreement, no fee will be paid. Make your paper open access in compliance with the policy by uploading the AAM viaEurope PubMed Central Plus to PMC and EPMC and make it open access there with the CC BY (only) licence immediately upon publication.

Book chapters and monographs

Policy: Wellcome Trust open access policy.

Scope: Book chapters and monographs funded by the Wellcome Trust.

Maximum allowed embargo: For accepted manuscript in PMC Bookshelf, 6 months.

Repository: All scholarly monographs and book chapters must be uploaded to PubMed Central Bookshelf either by the publisher or author using the PMC Bookshelf monograph and book chapter deposit form.

Open access licence: CC BY (only) is strongly preferred. If CC BY (only) not available, CC-BY-NC or CC-BY-NC-ND

Open access 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.