Oxford’s RCUK APC allocation policy is now finalised for 2018/19. On 1st July 2018 the University revised its policy for allocating funds from the RCUK Open Access block grant for Article Processing Charges (APCs) and article-related charges, in order to best manage the new grant which was greater than had been anticipated. It means we will now pay APCs for hybrid (subscription) journals with a ‘green route’ embargo longer than 6 months science/medicine, 12 months social science/humanities, as well as for fully open access journals.
When to apply? From now on please apply at the point of acceptance (instead of at article submission), which is the same timing as Wellcome Trust/COAF block grant and ‘Act on Acceptance’. The APC team will advise if funds are available in our block grant and if the journal is eligible. Authors should in all cases deposit the accepted manuscript into ORA via Symplectic within 3 months of acceptance.
The policy applies to applications received from 1st July ’18. Applications which were made between 1st April-30th June and were declined are not eligible for re-consideration.
Full details of policy, procedure and application form are on our Applying for funding from Oxford’s RCUK Open Access Block Grant page. Our hope is to continue with this approach for the rest of the grant year (31st March 2019) and if possible beyond in order to provide stability.
How to tell if a journal is fully open access or hybrid? It’s open access if it’s in the Directory of Open Access Journals. It’s hybrid if it offers two publication options: immediate open access on payment of an APC (‘gold’) or subscription route/traditional publishing licence (‘green’).
Oxford researchers with queries are advised to email the OA Enquiry Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.