The Charity Open Access Fund (COAF) has published its latest annual report analysing open access (OA) publications and their associated article processing charges (APCs) by the 38 UK research organisations (including the University of Oxford) that received a block grant for this purpose. It covers the grant year 1 October 2018 to 30 September 2019 and is available on the Wellcome website at https://wellcome.ac.uk/funding/wellcome-and-coaf-open-access-spend-201819.
In total, £7.1 million was spent on the publication of 3410 journal articles. Overall compliance with the COAF OA policy – articles freely accessible through Europe PMC and made available under a CC-BY licence – was 95%, up from 90% last year. As in previous years COAF will be following up with frequently used publishers regarding issues relating to non-compliance. The report also analyses APC pricing for fully OA journals and hybrid journals and by publisher. The average APC was £2,410 (0.5% lower than previous year) and the median was £2,300 (2% higher).
The six medical research charities which make up COAF are Blood Cancer UK (formerly Bloodwise), British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Parkinson’s UK, Versus Arthritis, and Wellcome.
COAF-funded Oxford University researchers can find guidance on the current OA policy and block grant application procedure on our COAF page. Please contact our OA Enquiry team with any questions: email@example.com.