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Research funders' policies

Most research funders now require you to make certain outputs available Open Access, as a condition of grant. Researchers should check these requirements as early as possible in order to make the necessary arrangements.

Research outputs should be deposited in Pure to ensure eligibility for the next REF, and the Library can advise on additional funders' requirements.

Wellcome Trust

A new policy applies to all articles submitted after 1st January 2021:

  • Applies to journal articles that report ‘original, peer reviewed research’
  • Also applies to ‘original scholarly monographs and book chapters’, but with allowances for 6-month embargo and other Creative Commons licences
  • Does not apply to ‘textbooks, ‘trade’ books, general reference works, or works of fiction, or to collections edited, but not authored, by Wellcome grantholders’
  • Journal Checker Tool is available to check OA options, including if Wellcome has an agreement with publisher for Green
  • All articles must be deposited into Europe PubMed Central (EPMC)
  • All articles whether Green or Gold must have a Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC BY)
  • Wellcome will still award block grants to institutions with Wellcome grantholders. The Charities Open Access Fund (COAF) has closed
  • Wellcome will continue to pay APCs for authors who publish in compliant fully OA journals
  • Wellcome has agreements with most publishers, so CC BY on accepted manuscripts is permitted with no embargo

As the new policy is a significant departure from previous policy iterations researchers are advised to see further details on how to comply and contact openaccess@st-andrews.ac.uk, if necessary, for advice and to claim from our block grant if appropriate.


UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

This information applies to current UKRI open access policy which covers peer-reviewed research articles submitted before 1 April 2022. Articles submitted after 1 April 2022 must follow updated UKRI open access policy

The UKRI Policy on Open Access applies to peer-reviewed research papers, which acknowledge Research Council funding. To comply, you can choose the ‘green’ route by uploading your Accepted Manuscript in Pure, or in the case of fully open access journals, the ‘gold’ route is available by claiming costs from our UKRI Block Grant.

Ensure you have acknowledged the funding that supported the research in your paper in the format: “This work was supported by the Natural Environment Research Council [grant number].” If applicable, include a statement on how the underlying research materials can be accessed.

See further details on UKRI Open Access Policy compliance.


EU (Horizon 2020)

Following the Open Access Pilot in selected EU FP7 programmes, the European Commission (EC) now requires open access to all peer reviewed research articles resulting from Horizon 2020 project funding. You should include any associated costs in your EU grant applications.

See further details on EU Open Access policies.