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Open Access: Other Open Access Policies

 

University of Liverpool Open Access Policy

The University of Liverpool supports Open Access to research outputs and is committed to disseminating the outputs of its research and scholarship as widely as possible. In keeping with that commitment, the University has adopted the following Open Access policy which applies to all researchers with a University of Liverpool contract and all University of Liverpool registered research students.

 

Research Councils Open Access Policy

The Research Councils' policy favour 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 the 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. If funding for Open Access from the Research Councils runs out, embargo periods can be extended to 12 months for STEM, and 24 months for Arts, humanities and social sciences.

Funding for Gold Open Access: The Research Councils have provided the university with funds to pay for APCs. Information on how to apply for funding is available on the Gold Open Access page of this guide.

Licence requirements: Where an APC has been paid for with the Research Councils funding the article must have a Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC-BY).

Full policyFull Research Councils 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.

 

Wellcome Trust/COAF

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.

Funding for Gold Open Access: 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)

Full policy: Full Wellcome policy document.

 

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.

Funding for Gold Open Access: 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. 

Full policy: Full NIHR policy document.

 

Horizon 2020

The Horizon 2020 policy on open access mandates deposit into a repository. In most cases, complying with the Research England Open Access 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.

Funding for Gold Open Access: 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. 

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.

 

Other funders

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