Funder open access policy news

UKRI open access block grant update (posted September 2021)

The University of Sheffield UKRI block grant for open access is now more than 80% committed. From the 1st of October onwards, new requests for payment of article processing charges will only be accepted for fully open access journals (i.e. where publication is dependent on the payment of an APC).  In all other cases, authors should make their work open access via the green route by submitting their Author Accepted Manuscript (AAM) into WRRO via MyPublications (as required for the REF). As before, on acceptance of an article for publication in an open access journal, authors should contact and the team will confirm eligibility for funding and arrange payment of APCs where necessary. Arrangements for Wellcome Trust/other funded authors remain unchanged. 

Please feel free to contact if you have any questions or require additional information about this funding change.

UKRI announces new Open Access Policy (posted September 2021)

UKRI have announced the details of their new open access policy, which will come into effect for
journal articles submitted on or after 1st April 2022, and for longform publications published on or
after 1 st January 2024. We will update the information on our website as soon as possible; if you
have any questions please contact

New Wellcome Trust Open Access policy from 1st January 2021

The Wellcome Trust’s new open access policy applies to all original research articles submitted after 1 January 2021. You can read about the policy on our Wellcome Trust Open Access Policy page.

Articles submitted before 1st January 2021 will still fall under the old policy. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with if you have any questions.

Update on status of the 2019/20 COAF grant (posted October 2020)

The 2019/20 COAF grant has now ended, and will not be renewed. We have received separate open access grants from the Wellcome Trust and British Heart Foundation for 2020/21. Please see our Funder Policies pages for how to apply to these grants, and information about how the other COAF members (Blood Cancer UK, Cancer Research UK, Parkinson’s UK and Versus Arthritis) are now supporting open access.