Open Access

In accordance with the HEFCE Open Access Policy to be eligible for submission to the post-2014 REF, the final peer-reviewed (author accepted) manuscript of all articles and conference proceedings submitted from 1 April 2016 must be deposited in an open access institutional or subject repository within three months of acceptance. The title and author of these deposits and other descriptive information must be discoverable straight away by anyone with a search engine. The manuscripts must then be accessible for anyone to read and download once any embargo period has elapsed.

To deposit a manuscript into the University of Oxford repository ORA can be accessed here.

Open Access is “unrestricted, online access to peer reviewed and published scholarly research papers where a user must be able to do the following free of any publisher-imposed access charge:

There are two basic types of Open Access:

An Article Processing Fee (APC) is a fee paid to the publisher to make an article free at point of access. Whilst Open Access principles promote free availability of research and scholarly output, research papers are not cost free to produce. The cost of publication is moved from the reader (via subscriptions and pay-walls) to the author (via the APC).

Each research sponsor has
their own particular Open Access requirements. Further details of the particular requirements are:

You are able to apply to the RCUK University of Oxford Block Grant for reimbursement of the APC for RCUK funded research.

Since 1October 2014 the Charity Open Access Fund (COAF) was established to reimburse the APC for research funded by Arthritis Research UK, Breast Cancer Campaign, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and the Wellcome Trust.


Useful Links

University of Oxford Open Access website

Sherpa Juliet - funder policies

Sherpa Romeo - journal policies

Sherpa FACT - Funders & Authors Compliance Tool

Oxford University Research Archive (ORA)