Researchers need to mediate negotiations between funders, publishers and home institutions. Relationships within the publication process can be complex: funders make grants to researchers, who in turn make submissions to publishers; article processing charges may be paid to publishers by researchers or institutions, both of which may claim reimbursement from funders.
Funders requirements are likely to relate to depositing, licensing and invoicing.
It is very important that researchers check the fine details of their publishing contract. It remains the to ensure that funders and publishers are in accord.
The policy requires immediate open access (OA) for peer-reviewed research articles submitted for publication from 1 April 2022 and that the final version or the Author’s Accepted Manuscript of in-scope monographs, book chapters and edited collections published on or after 1 January 2024 must be free to view and download via an online publication platform, publishers’ website, or institutional or subject repository within a maximum of 12 months of publication.
UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) new policy will increase opportunity for the findings of publicly funded research to be accessed, shared and reused. Following extensive consultation with the sector, UKRI has published a single Open Access Policy for research publications that acknowledge funding from its councils.
Points to note:
The update covers: OA transitional agreements including the role of JISC in supporting implementation; Policy exceptions for research articles; Monographs; Metadate guidance; Communications and engagement.
In addition to the overarching stipulation of funding councils, individual funding bodies may impose additional requirements. These are likely to relate to depositing, licensing and invoicing. Please also note that it remains the responsibility of individual researchers to ensure that funders and publishers are in accord.
For articles submitted before 1 June 2022, please refer to the current NIHR Open Access Policy.
The new policy applies to all peer-reviewed research articles, including reviews not commissioned by publishers and conference papers, submitted for publication on or after 1 June 2022 arising from:
Research costs, as defined by the AcoRD system for attributing the costs of health and social care research, are the costs of the R&D itself that end when the research ends. They relate to activities that are being undertaken to answer the research questions. (For the Global Health Research portfolio researchers should also consider the Global Health Research Finance Guidance).
Peer-reviewed research articles which are otherwise out of scope (e.g. NIHR Infrastructure research studies with minority NIHR funding), but which acknowledge NIHR support/funding must be deposited and made freely accessible through Europe PMC, as soon as possible, but no later than 12 months post the official final publication date.
Monographs (with the exception of NIHR Journals Library publications), book chapters, edited collections, or forms of non-peer-reviewed material, such as pre-prints, are considered out of scope of this policy. However NIHR reserves the right to ensure the use of preprints in the context of emergencies.
Guidance on open access funding eligibility and process will be published by March 2022.
Source: National Institute for Health Research website (published 8/10/2021)
The SHERPA/JULIET site provides a very useful one stop shop for checking funder requirements.
The SHERPA/ROMEO service summarises publishers' copyright transfer agreements as they relate to archiving.
The SHERPA/FACT tool allows researchers to check if a particular journal complies with a funder's open access requirements.
As well as embargo periods, stipulations may relate to licensing arrangements.
Wiley have produced an Author Compliance Tool where you can use a drop down menu to select Funder, Institution or Journal to check and compare open access compliance policies. University of the Highlands and Islands is listed under institution.
Wiley also have special agreements with some funders which are available to look at from their website.