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Central funding for open access

The University has the following central funds available to support open access:

The Library will manage these funds - see details below for how to claim.

Also see information on institutional open access memberships and schemes with specific publishers, which may provide discounted fees.

RCUK Block Grant for open access

The University of St Andrews currently receives a Block Grant from RCUK to cover the costs of compliance with their open access policy.

The RCUK Policy on Open Access applies to peer-reviewed research papers in journals and conference proceedings. RCUK-funded authors can choose either 'Gold' or 'Green' routes to open access, provided they publish in a compliant journal. See the RCUK OA policy briefing (PDF, 209 KB) for more on how to comply with the policy.

The RCUK Block Grant can be used to pay Article Processing Charges (APCs), and is being managed centrally by the Library. To make a claim for APCs, or for further advice on 'Gold' or 'Green' options for your publication, contact Open Access Support.

Note: if you already have funds allocated for open access in an existing grant, you should use those funds before claiming from the Block Grant. Grants which started after 1 April 2013 no longer include provision for OA in respect of peer-reviewed outputs, but may include costs associated with outputs not covered by the policy, eg monographs.

When contacting the Library, please provide the following details:

  • Your name, School and email address
  • Journal and publisher
  • Article title, manuscript ID or DOI
  • RCUK funder name and external Grant ID 

To comply with the policy, RCUK states you must

  • publish in a compliant journal (one which allows open access via green or gold route). Where an APC is paid, the article should be published with a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) Licence.
  • acknowledge the funding that supported the research in the format "This work was supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council [grant number xxxx]."
  • include a statement on how underlying research materials, such as data, samples or models, can be accessed.

See further details on how to comply with RCUK Policy on Open Access

Wellcome Trust / Charity open access fund

For a number of years the Wellcome Trust has provided a block grant to support their open access policy. See details on compliance and how to claim.

From 1 October 2014, the Wellcome Trust and five other members of the Association of Medical Research Charities established a joint Charity Open Access Fund (COAF). Researchers funded by Arthritis Research UK, BloodwiseBritish Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK and Parkinson's UK now have access to COAF.

Where funds are used to pay an APC, the charities require use of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) Licence. Please refer to the Wellcome Trust's CC-BY FAQ for more information.

The Trust has now extended its open access policy to include scholarly monographs and book chapters. Monographs and chapters can be deposited using the Wellcome Trust's deposit form. Funding for monographs and chapters is not available from COAF, but will be provided directly by the Trust. See more in the Wellcome Trust guide for open access to monographs and book chapters.

 

To make a claim for APCs, or for further advice on compliance options for your publication, contact Open Access Support

When contacting the Library, please provide the following details:

  • Your name, School and email address
  • Journal and publisher
  • Article title, manuscript ID or DOI
  • Wellcome Trust Grant ID and PI name
  • Other funder(s) acknowledged in the paper.

Library fund for open access

The Library has a small fund available to support the University's Open Access Policy, specifically "when an author wishes to publish in a journal which is only available in Open Access form" and is required to pay a publishing fee.

For researchers not funded by RCUK or Wellcome, OA fees should continue to be claimed from appropriate School funds or individual grants wherever possible. Most funders will allow a claim for open access costs during the period of grant. Where no funds are available, the Library will consider supporting open access costs that meet the following criteria:

  • the submitting author is a member of University of St Andrews staff
  • the journal or publishing venue is completely open access (i.e. 'hybrid' journals are not included)
  • the journal meets the usual standards of quality and peer review for scholarly communication
  • the author is required to pay a fee in order to publish
  • the author confirms there is no other source of funding
  • where possible, the resulting publication should be made available under a Creative Commons (CC-BY) licence
  • new open access 'business models' will be considered, such as the PeerJ model which requires author membership fees instead of the more common Article Processing Charges (APCs).

To claim from this fund, contact Open Access Support with details of your publication and confirmation of the above criteria.

Also see information on institutional open access memberships and schemes with specific publishers, which may provide discounted fees.