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Open Access



The Wellcome Trust Open Access policy requires that funded research must be in PubMed Central (PMC) as soon as possible after publication and in any event within 6 months (a link to the article on the publisher's website is not sufficient). Where an open access fee is paid the paper must be made available immediately and with a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) licence. The policy is supported by the Charity Open Access Fund (COAF) is a partnership between Arthritis Research UK, Bloodwise, the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Parkinson's UK and the Wellcome Trust to enable free and unrestricted access to the published outputs of the research we support. COAF was established on 1 October 2014 for a pilot of two years, which included Breast Cancer Campaign along with the 6 other charities that now form the COAF partnership. The Wellcome Trust is administering the Fund on behalf of the partners. COAF provides block grants to 36 UK research institutions to meet open access article processing charges for peer-reviewed research publications resulting from research funded by one or more of the six partner charities.

Note the Wellcome Trust has sanctions when Trust-funded researchers have not complied with their open access policy. The Trust will withhold the final 10 per cent of the 'total transferable funds' budget on the grant until all papers comply. Funding renewals or new grants will be withheld until papers from previous Trust funded papers are compliant. In addition, researchers will not be permitted to include any non-compliant Wellcome-funded publications in any application submitted to the Trust.

Services at the University of Cambridge 

The University administers the COAF block grant centrally. Authors should deposit their accepted articles and the Open Access team will ensure HEFCE compliance and check funder policies. If the payment of an article processing charge is required, the Open Access team will help the author facilitate this payment.

Wellcome Trust monograph policy

The Wellcome Trust has extended its open access policy to include scholarly monographs and book chapters authored or co-authored by Trust grantholders that arise as part of their grantfunded research. The extended policy currently applies to all grantholders who were awarded a grant on or after 1 October 2013. In October 2014 it came into effect for holders of grants which were awarded before 1 October 2013. Grantholders are required to make scholarly monographs and book chapters available through PubMed Bookshelf and Europe PubMed Central (Europe PMC) as soon as possible, with a maximum embargo of six months. Where a publishing fee is levied, such works must be available without embargo, and be licensed in ways which support their re-use. There are comprehensive FAQs here. Wellcome Trust grantholders or publishers of research funded by the Wellcome Trust can use the deposit form available from the Wellcome Trust website to deposit a monograph or book chapter for inclusion in the PubMed Bookshelf and Europe PMC