Wellcome Trust – Open Access Policy

Wellcome this week has published a set of requirements for open access publications, which will come into force next spring.

The policy deals with many issues including whether Wellcome will pay for publishing costs,  uploading articles to PubMed Central (PMC),  and publishing content under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence (CC BY) .

Neil Jacobs, head of scholarly communications support at Jisc, notes: “It is incredibly helpful to have a funder of Wellcome’s standing be so clear about its expectations in this area.  APCs already constitute a multi-million pound market, which makes it important that everyone is clear about what is being paid for.” More from JISC here.

This policy will come into effect on 1 April 2017. Wiley, SpringerNature, OUP, Royal Society and PLOS, who publish almost 50% of Wellcome funded research outcomes, have all committed to signing up to the requirements. Charity Open Access Fund (COAF) members Cancer Research UK, British Heart Foundation and Parkinson’s UK will all set the same requirements for outcomes of research they have funded. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will also be introducing the requirements when their open access mandate is launched in January 2017

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Gold Open Access Publisher Deals for RGU Academics

Did you know that RGU have several deals with publishers to reduce the cost of Article Processing Charges (APC) for Gold Open Access?

Below are a few particularly good ones, for the full list see the RGU Lib Guide here: http://libguides.rgu.ac.uk/c.php?g=408888&p=2863341

Springer
It is free for authors to publish under Gold Open Access in any journal that offers Springer Open Choice, though this is first-come-first-serve, as there is a national limit on the number of articles Springer will consider. Once an article has been accepted for publication, corresponding authors can ask Springer to make it Open Access; Springer will contact the Library to confirm the author’s affiliation with RGU. If the author is not the corresponding author, then they can contact the Library directly and we will pursue the Open Access option for them. A complete list of journals offering Springer Open Choice is available here: http://bit.ly/21zoMph.

Royal Society of Chemistry
We have four vouchers to use by the end of December 2016. Each voucher equates to the publication of one article under Gold Open Access, and can be obtained by contacting the Library at publications@rgu.ac.uk. All journals published by RSC offer the ability to use these vouchers. Additionally, the publisher’s flagship title “Chemical Science” is completely free to publish in until the end of 2018. A list of this publisher’s journals is available here: http://pubs.rsc.org/en/Journals

 SAGE
We have an agreement that all APCs paid to SAGE are capped at £200 per article, though researchers will need to pay this from their grant or own resources. Most journals published by SAGE offer the choice of Gold Open Access (a short list of those that do not is available from the publisher’s website) and some of them are built around mandatory Gold Open Access (a list of these is available from: https://uk.sagepub.com/en-gb/eur/pure-gold-open-access-journals). A complete list of the publisher’s journals is available here: http://bit.ly/1NYDhAm.