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Information for RCUK-funded authors at the University of Bath

This page contains information on open access for RCUK-funded authors, including information on accessing the RCUK Block Grant for payment of article processing charges (APCs) for open access publications. 

RCUK have revised their policy on access to research outputs.  This affects researchers who are wholly or partially funded by a Research Council.

Yes, I’m RCUK-funded:  what does this mean for me?

If you have RCUK funding then any peer-reviewed research articles and conference proceedings must be made available via open access. 

What is Open Access?

RCUK defines Open Access to mean unrestricted, on-line access to peer-reviewed and published scholarly research papers, free of any access charge and with the maximum opportunities for re-use.  The full definition and requirement is available from the guidance notes on the policy from the RCUK website.

When does this change apply?

This applies to work accepted for publication after 1st April 2013. 

Support from the Library

We can support researchers through the OA process and RCUK compliance:

What you need to do
  1. When submitting an article, check to see that your chosen journal meets RCUK policy requirements.  The Sherpa FACT website helps identify these journals.  For further assistance: contact the Opus Team in the library.
  2. Once your article has been accepted, decide whether you wish to use the Green or Gold routes to Open Access.  The Green route is free, and simply involves placing a copy (authors accepted manuscript) into Opus, the University research repository.  The Gold route is the option to pay for the article to be immediately available from the publisher website.  This costs between £100 - £2000 plus VAT (set by the publisher).   Either of these may be new processes for you, so contact the Library for assistance.
  3. Contact the Opus Team in the Library with your invoice for payment.  The Library will process the invoice, and monitor the publication process to report to the RCUK.
  4. You must acknowledge the funder in your article, for example: This work was supported by the Medical Research Council [grant number xxxx] to [author initials].  You should also add a statement on availability of the underlying research data if available.