The University’s current allocation policy for the Research Councils / UKRI Open Access Block Grant is set to continue for the new grant year 1st April 2021 to 31st March 2022.
Oxford’s policy is to pay open access publication costs (Article Processing Charges, APCs) for RCUK-funded articles in:
- Fully open access journals (i.e. listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals DOAJ).
- Hybrid journals (subscription journals with paid OA option) covered by a Read and Publish publisher agreement. A list of Oxford’s agreements and eligible journals can be found on our Read and Publish Deals / Publisher OA payment schemes page.
- Transformative journals (hybrid journals that meet certain criteria which sit outside of the Read and Publish agreements negotiated with publishers). A list of eligible journals is maintained by cOAlition S, and is available via this webpage.
Authors remain free to publish in other journals of their choice, but the block grant will not be used to pay APCs for them. Authors should use the ‘green route’ to OA via deposit of the Author Accepted Manuscript in ORA for Act on Acceptance.
RCUK/UKRI-funded researchers: please check that sufficient funds are available before committing to payment or filling in an application form. Contact the APC team at the time of article acceptance, with the journal title and funder name, for advice on eligibility and which route to take: email firstname.lastname@example.org. Note that RCUK allows longer embargo periods for the ‘green’ route when funding for Article Processing Charges is unavailable (12 months for science & medicine instead of 6, and 24 months for humanities & social sciences instead of 12), as stated in the RCUK FAQ 2.2 and our Meeting RCUK requirements table.
See Applying for Oxford’s RCUK block grant for the policy, procedure and current APC application form.
Further information and help are available from the OA Enquiry team, email@example.com.