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Open Access

University of Liverpool Open Access Policy

The University of Liverpool is committed to Open Access and has published its Institutional Open Access Policy. This policy includes the commitment to facilitating open access publication whenever appropriate, to ensure research findings benefit from potentially more rapid and wider dissemination.

As part of this policy, an Institutional Open Access Fund has been set up to pay for APCs where funding for open access is not otherwise available. Please see the How to make your work openly accessible page for more information about eligibility and how to apply for these funds.

Funder Open Access policies

HEFCE

The HEFCE policy on open access and the next REF affects all researchers, regardless of who funds their work. In order to make sure that your research is eligible for submission to the next REF, you'll need to comply with this policy.

Publication types: All journal articles and conference proceedings in publications with an ISSN accepted for publication since April 1st 2016 must be deposited in a repository as soon as possible after acceptance. Monographs and book chapters are not included in the policy.

Repository: Author accepted manuscripts should be deposited in Liverpool Elements.

Embargo period: STEM disciplines: 12 months. Arts, humanities and social sciences: 24 months.

APC funding: Gold open access isn't necessary to comply with the policy, but if you'd like to make your work available on this basis you're welcome to apply for open access funding. See the instructions for applying for open access funding here.

Full policy: Full HEFCE policy document

Still not sure? Do the "Tell me how to be open access compliant" quiz or email irhelp@liverpool.ac.uk for help.

RCUK

RCUK's policy favours Gold Open Access and there are funds available to make this possible. If you would prefer to make your work available via the Green Open Access route this is fine too. As long as the journal allows you to make your work openly accessible within RCUK's maximum embargo periods (see below) you will still be compliant.

Publication types: Peer-reviewed research articles which acknowledge Research Council funding.

Repository: Author accepted manuscripts should be deposited in Liverpool Elements.

Embargo period: STEM disciplines: 6 months. Arts, humanities and social sciences: 12 months.

APC funding: RCUK have provided the university with funds to pay for APCs. Please see here for more information on how to apply for funding.

Licence requirements: Where an APC has been paid for with RCUK funding the article must have a Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC-BY). See here for more information on open access and copyright.

Full policy: Full RCUK policy document

Research data requirements: All research papers should include a statement on how underlying research materials, if applicable, can be accessed. A statement along the lines of "the research materials supporting this publication can be accessed by contacting [insert contact details here]" OR "the research materials supporting this publication can be accessed via [include DOI link to data repository here]" will usually suffice. However, EPSRC have slightly different expectations for those researchers it funds. See the university's Research Data Management website for more information on how you can comply with their policy on research data.

Still not sure? Do the "Tell me how to be open access compliant" quiz or email  irhelp@liverpool.ac.uk for help.

Wellcome/Charity Open Access Fund

Wellcome's policy follows a similar theme to the RCUK policy, but there are some differences between the two when it comes to embargo periods and the publication types in scope.

Publication types: Research papers, monographs and book chapters.

Repository: Research papers: Author accepted manuscripts should be deposited in PubMed Central (PMC) and Europe PMC within six months of publication. Publishers often deposit on behalf of the author but not always - check with yours and if not, follow these instructions on the Wellcome Trust website for depositing in PubMed. 
Monographs and book chapters: The author or publisher of research funded by Wellcome should deposit the monograph or book chapter for inclusion in PMC Bookshelf and Europe PMC using the monograph and book chapter deposit form. 

Embargo period: 6 months.

APC funding: The Charities Open Access Fund provides the university with funds to pay for article processing charges in order to make research available on an open access basis. These funds are available for all research that acknowledges Wellcome Trust, Arthritis Research UK, Breast Cancer Campaign, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK and Leukemia & Lymphoma Research funding. Please see here for more information on how to apply for funding.

Licence requirements: Where an APC has been paid for with COAF funding the article must have a Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC-BY). See here for more information on open access and copyright.

Full policy: Full Wellcome policy document.

Still not sure? Do the "Tell me how to be open access compliant" quiz or email  irhelp@liverpool.ac.uk for help.

NIHR

NIHR's policy is a bit like the Wellcome Trust policy in that there is a preference for Gold open access, but it's not entirely clear where APC funding comes from. See below for help with open access funding for NIHR funded papers.

Publication types: Peer-reviewed research articles (including review articles not commissioned by publishers, final reports or executive summaries), which are supported in whole or in part by NIHR funding.

Repository: Research papers: Author accepted manuscripts should be deposited in PubMed Central (PMC) and Europe PMC within six months of publication. Publishers often deposit on behalf of the author but not always - check with yours and if not, follow these instructions on the Wellcome Trust website for depositing in PubMed.

Embargo period: 6 months.

APC funding: The NIHR open access policy says "the cost of APCs and other appropriate publication charges will be supported either through the original NIHR award, or where applicable an NIHR Open Access Fund. Researchers will need to contact the awarding NIHR Programme Coordinating Centre to review the correct approach".

If you do not have the funds to cover open access fees in your original award and/or your NIHR Programme Coordinating Centre is not responsive, please apply for open access funding from the institutional open access fund. Instructions for applying are available here.

Full policy: Full NIHR policy document.

Still not sure? Do the "Tell me how to be open access compliant" quiz or email  irhelp@liverpool.ac.uk for help.

Horizon 2020

Much like the HEFCE policy, the Horizon 2020 policy on open access mandates deposit into a repository, though acceptable embargo periods are shorter. In most cases, however, complying with the HEFCE policy will enable you to comply with the Horizon 2020 policy. 

Publication types: All publications acknowledging Horizon 2020 funding.

Repository: Author accepted manuscripts should be deposited in Liverpool Elements.

Embargo period: STEM disciplines: 6 months. Arts, humanities and social sciences: 12 months.

APC funding: If you wish to make your work available on a Gold open access basis, open access fees should be paid for from the research grant. If these funds have been exhausted, please apply for funding through the institutional open access fund. Instructions for applying for open access funding are available here.

Licence requirements: If an APC has been paid for, please make your work available under a CC-BY licence.

Full policy: Full Horizon 2020 open access policy.

Still not sure? Do the "Tell me how to be open access compliant" quiz or email  irhelp@liverpool.ac.uk for help.

Other funders

Other funders may have their own open access policies. You should check with yours or contact irhelp@liverpool.ac.uk for advice.

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