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Open Access: Gold (Paid for, immediate Open Access)

 

Gold Open Access (paid for, immediate)

If you decide to make your work available open access via the gold route, you will need to confirm this choice at the point of replying to the acceptance of your work by the publisher. Publishers will charge an article processing charge (APC) to make work available open access in this way. If the journal you are publishing in is a fully gold journal you will have to pay to publish. If your journal is a hybrid journal you will have a choice between paying for Open Access or publishing via the subscription model. 

There are several options for paying these charges depending on how your research has been funded and these are outlined below.

 

Research Councils funded research

The Research Councils give the University a block grant to cover the costs to make research outputs funded by them available via Gold Open Access. If the fund runs low we will restrict payments to fully gold journals and all other papers will be expected to comply via Green Open Access. 

Eligibility criteria

  • The corresponding author must be a researcher at the University of Liverpool
  • The output cannot already have been published
  • The output must be made available with a CC-BY licence

How to apply

Complete the online Open Access Payment Request form. This should usually be done once a paper has been accepted for publication. You MUST get confirmation that funds are available before choosing the Open Access option with your publisher.

Which types of publications will be considered?

Typically, Research Councils funding can be used to make the following Open Access:

  • Original research journal articles
  • Non-commissioned review articles
  • Case reports
  • Conference proceedings

If you have any queries about eligibility or how to apply please email openaccess@liverpool.ac.uk

 

COAF/Wellcome funded research

The University receives a block grant from COAF/Wellcome Trust to cover the costs to make research funded by these funders available via Gold Open Access. When the fund is exhausted, we can request additional funding to cover Wellcome funded papers but other funders request compliance via Green Open Access.

Eligibility criteria

  • The corresponding author must be a researcher at the University of Liverpool. For Wellcome Trust funded research, the grant holder must be based at the University of Liverpool
  • The output cannot already have been published
  • The output must be made available with a CC-BY licence

How to apply

Complete the online Open Access Payment Request form. This should usually be done once a paper has been accepted for publication. You MUST get confirmation that funds are available before choosing the Open Access option with your publisher.

Which types of publications will be considered?

Typically, COAF/Wellcome Trust funds can be used to make the following Open Access:

  • Original research journal articles
  • Non-commissioned review articles
  • Case reports
  • Book chapters if Wellcome Funded

If you have any queries about eligibility or how to apply please email openaccess@liverpool.ac.uk

 

No external funding

For those whose research receives no external funding or their funder does not allow their grant to be used towards the cost of Gold Open Access, the University provides an Institutional Fund. This is allocated on a first-come-first-served basis and if the fund starts to run low we will restrict payments to fully gold journals.

Eligibility criteria

  • The corresponding author must be a researcher (staff or PGR) at the University of Liverpool
  • The output cannot already have been published
  • The output must be made available with a CC-BY licence

How to apply

Complete the online Open Access Payment Request form.  This should usually be done once a paper has been accepted for publication. You MUST get confirmation that funds are available before choosing the Open Access option with your publisher.

Which types of publications will be considered?

The Institutional Fund is typically used to make the following Open Access, though other types of publications can be considered:

  • Original research articles
  • Non-commissioned review articles
  • Case reports

If you have any queries about eligibility or how to apply please email openaccess@liverpool.ac.uk

 

Why CC-BY licence?

Open Access to scholarly outputs is not just about making them free to read; rather, it is about allowing for the widest possible re-use to secure the greatest potential impact.

As such, funder block grants and the institutional Open Access fund can only be used to pay for articles that will be licensed with a Creative Commons – Attribution licence (abbreviated to CC-BY), or something more permissive.

This licence ensures the widest possible re-use of outputs while still ensuring that academic norms of citation and attribution are maintained.

The funds cannot be used for articles with any more restrictive licence, such as a Creative Commons – Attribution – Non Commercial – Non Derivative (abbreviated to CC-BY-NC-ND).  Such licences introduce potential confusion over allowable uses, and in particular could limit the potential of text and data mining technologies to transform the use of scholarly outputs.