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Research Operations Office


Published on Fri, 09/10/2020 - 13:49

Is your research funded by any of the following bodies?  

  • Blood Cancer UK 

  • British Heart Foundation 

  • Cancer Research UK 

  • Parkinson’s UK 

  • Versus Arthritis 
  • Wellcome Trust


If so, the way your article processing charges (APCs) are met is changing. The funders listed above formed the Charity Open Access Fund (COAF), which dissolved on 30 September 2020. From 1 October 2020, there are changes to the way these particular funders provide grants to the University’s Open Access (OA) Team. As a result, the OA Team has changed its policies on whether or not they can cover researchers’ APCs. From now on, authors should continue to submit their papers to the OA Team as usual via the OA website. The team will continue to advise you on the best course of action to meet funder requirements, but may not always be able to pay APCs.  

Please refer to the guidelines on securing funding for APCs from 1 October.  Although there is no change in the funders’ open access policies for the rest of 2020, there are significant changes due from 1 January 2021 and authors covered by Wellcome Trust and Cancer Research UK specifically are advised to familiarise themselves with the forthcoming changes to their funder’s open access policies.