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RCUK open access and data policies

Many funders' policies require papers and underpinning research data to be made Open Access and will assess researcher compliance when considering future funding requests. Detailed below are various policies of those funders that make up the largest awards to Brunel.

For publications, Funders often have slightly different emphases on the best 'route' to open access. Some of them have internal mechanisms for funding gold open access. Some require authors to make use of specific subject repositories. It can get very confusing, but it's worth bearing in mind that policies between funders are very similar and often by simply depositing your paper into BURA on acceptance or requesting funds for Gold open access you will be compliant.

Outlined in Brunel's Research Integrity Code, the University expects all research outputs, but especially publications and data, to be made open access where possible.

RCUK Funders

This policy applies only to the publication of peer reviewed research articles (including review articles not commissioned by publishers) and conference proceedings that acknowledge funding from the UK’s Research Councils.

Researchers, as the generators of all of the research papers and responsible for much of their peer review, are expected to publish any peer reviewed research papers which acknowledge Research Council funding in journals that are compliant with the RCUK policy on Open Access.  All papers must include details of the funding that supported the research and a statement on how the underlying research materials – such as data, samples or models – can be accessed

The Research Councils UK (RCUK) policy supports both ‘Gold’ and ‘Green’ routes to Open Access, though RCUK has a preference for immediate Open Access with the maximum opportunity for reuse. Please note although compliance through one route is sufficient, some of the research councils have other specific requirements. These are detailed below:

Gold open access compliance

RCUK recognises a journal as being compliant with this policy through the Gold route if the journal provides, via its own website, immediate and unrestricted access to the final published version of the paper, which should be made available using the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence, and allows immediate deposit of the final published version in other repositories without restriction on re‐use.   This may involve payment of an ‘Article Processing Charge’ (APC) to the publisher.

Brunel holds a block grant from RCUK to support the open access costs of this policy, and tuthors may request funds to publish via the BRAD system.

You can use the SHERPA/FACT database to check whether your journal offers a compliant publication route, and which route to opt for.

Green open access compliance

RCUK recognises a journal as being compliant with this policy through the Green route if:

The journal consents to deposit of the final Accepted Manuscript in any repository, without restriction on non‐commercial re‐use and within a defined period.  No APC will be payable to the publisher.

In this latter case, in STEM disciplines, RCUK will accept a delay of no more than 6-12 months between on‐line publication and the final Accepted Manuscript becoming Open Access.  In the case of papers in the arts, humanities and social sciences (which will mainly be funded by the AHRC and the ESRC), the maximum embargo period will be 12-24 months.

In most cases this can be achieved by depositing your paper into BURA, but MRC, BBSRC and ESRC have specific subject repository requirements. Please check the details here.

You can use the SHERPA/FACT database to check whether your journal offers a compliant publication route, and which route to opt for.

Subject repositories & ResearchFish

BBSRC and MRC are expected to deposit publications into Europe PMC.

All grantholders must enter any publications that stem from the award into ResearchFish. This can be done easily by entering your ORCID ID. Instructions on how BRAD can help keep your ORCID ID up to date are available here.

How does this relate to REF 2021?

HEFCE allow compliance through either the Gold or the Green route to open access. By publishing your paper as Gold open access you are also compliant with REF requirements.

 

 

 

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