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RCUK UK Open Access Fund

Research Council UK-funded researchers can apply to a central fund to pay for Open Access publication costs.

How much is available?

RCUK have provided a block grant in the region of £890,000 for 2016/17 to the University of Edinburgh to pay for open access publication charges incurred by RCUK-funded researchers who are required to make their research available in an Open Access format.

Go 'green' where possible

The University of Edinburgh’s preference is primarily to achieve Open Access through no-cost ‘green’ Open Access, by making appropriate versions of research outputs available using PURE in line with your publisher’s policy.

There will be cases when the author’s journal of choice requires payment of an article processing charge (APC) to cover the cost of making an article available Open Access. In these cases, the author may apply to the Institutional Publication Fund to cover this. The fund is run by the Library’s Scholarly Communications Team, who will administer applications to use the fund and report on its use to RCUK.

How to apply

To be eligible to use these funds, publications must acknowledge Research Council funding. The Institutional Publication Fund is finite and will be administered on a first-come, first served basis. RCUK acknowledges that the transition to open access will not be instant and are expecting that 75 percent of the papers resulting from RCUK funding council grants will be made ‘gold’ open access at the end of the five year transition period (2017/18). To make an application please see the step-by-step guide below:

Page charges

We have now had clear guidance from RCUK in the grant award letter and other costs resulting from the publication of Research Council‐funded research, e.g. page or colour charges, can be covered by our institutional open access block grant.

If you require further information please consult our FAQs or contact us directly.

RCUK Open Access publication fund FAQs

Scholarly Communications Team

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