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Is my journal compliant?

Why are we not providing a list of non-compliant journals?

Many researchers ask for a list of non-compliant journals. We have not provided this for several reasons, not least it is inappropriate to suggest that particular journals are ‘better’ than others. 

The SHERPA/FACT Funders & Authors Compliance Tool can help researchers determine whether their chosen journal will allow them to comply with the particular funder. 

We strongly advise that researchers simply upload their manuscripts, as the Open Access team is highly skilled in this area, and can easily resolve any issues.

What happens if my journal is not compliant?

REF Open Access Policy

There are a number of exceptions to the various requirements that will be allowed by the REF Open Access policy. These exceptions cover circumstances where deposit was not possible, or where open access to deposited material could not be achieved within the policy requirements. If a researcher publishes in a journal where compliance with the REF Open Access policy is not possible due to the publisher conditions, we note this as an exception, and the output is eligible for submission to the REF.

Research Councils and COAF Policies

If a researcher publishes in a journal where compliance with the UK Research Councils' policy or the COAF policy is not possible due to the publisher's conditions, we note this as a failure with the policy.

Examples

To provide an example of how complex this area can be, consider the following scenarios.

Scenario 1

A researcher is funded by Wellcome Trust and wants to publish in the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. She uploads her manuscript to www.openaccess.cam.ac.uk and the Open Access team deposits it into Apollo - the University repository – with a 12 month embargo to comply with the REF Open Access policy.  They check the conditions of the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology and pay the article processing charge to make the work open access to comply with Wellcome Trsut conditions.

Scenario 2

A researcher is funded by MRC and wants to publish in JAMA Psychiatry. She uploads her manuscript to www.openaccess.cam.ac.uk and the Open Access team deposits it into Apollo - the University repository – with a 12 month embargo to comply with REF Open Access policy.  They check the conditions of JAMA Psychiatry and determine that there is no option to make the article open access with that publisher. The Open Access team notes this article as with a failure with the funder’s requirements.

Scenario 3

A researcher is not funded and wants to publish in Economics Letters. He uploads his manuscript to www.openaccess.cam.ac.uk and the Open Access team deposits it into Apollo  - the University repository – with a 36 month embargo as allowed by the publisher. This embargo does not meet the REF Open Access requirements and this paper is marked as an exception but remains eligible for the REF.