New Oxford Policy for RCUK Open Access Block Grant

Oxford researchers are advised that the University’s Research Committee has approved a revised policy for allocating funds from the RCUK Open Access block grant.

In order to best manage the limited funds remaining in our 2017/18 RCUK block grant, the new policy will take effect on Monday 21st August 2017 and prioritise Article Processing Charges for fully open access journals.

For hybrid journals, RCUK-funded authors should not choose the (paid) Open Access option but use the ‘green route’ – deposit the accepted manuscript in ORA for Act on Acceptance. Longer embargo periods are permitted if block grant money for APCs is unavailable: 12 months for STEM, 24 months AHSS (see RCUK’s FAQ 2.2, ‘What happens if there is no money to pay…?’).

New procedure for RCUK OA Block Grant from Monday 21st August 2017 :

  1. Check first that funds are available. Authors should contact the APC team before submitting article to journal to ask if RCUK OA Block Grant funds are available and journal is funder-compliant (email the APC team at mentioning journal title).
  2. If funds are available, apply for block grant when submitting article to journal (not at article acceptance or later) by sending an APC application form to the APC team, to log potential call on funds.

If an APC is paid, the article must be published with a CC-BY licence (Creative Commons Attribution).

Our RCUK block grant page will be updated on the start date with the new procedure, the new policy and the new APC application form.

Existing RCUK APC applications currently being processed will not be affected. 

Policy and procedure for the Wellcome Trust/COAF block grant is unchanged.

Further information and help is available from the OA Enquiry team,

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