The British Heart Foundation – Open access policy and funds

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The British Heart Foundation was one of the charity open Access fund (COAF) charities but now operates it’s own funds and structure for open access.

Current Policy
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  • Primary research papers or non-commissioned reviews funded wholly or in part by the BHF must be made available in Europe PubMed Central as soon as possible and within 6 months from publication.
  • Researchers can choose either self-archiving/green open access, or to opt for gold open access. If self-archiving/green open access is selected, the accepted manuscript must be made available via Europe PMC within an embargo period of 6 months.

Further details: https://www.bhf.org.uk/for-professionals/information-for-researchers/managing-your-grant/open-access-policy

  • Contact the Bodleian APC team (email apc@bodleian.ox.ac.uk) before confirming selection of gold (paid) route with journal, to check funds are available and the journal is funder-compliant
  • Complete an application form and send it to the APC Team at apc@bodleian.ox.ac.uk with the publisher’s APC or article-charges request form.
  • If the journal does not deposit into EPMC on your behalf deposit into EPMC
  • Act on Acceptance & deposit a copy in ORA.
  • Notes
    1. Departments should not pay the invoice on behalf of the grant holders and claim reimbursement. The APC Team request the invoice and arrange payment from a block grant where eligible.
    2. Date of publication or payment must fall within current block grant year, 1st Oct 2020-30 Sept 2021.
    3. BHF preference is for Gold open access. If journal does not offer this, author should deposit a copy of the final, peer reviewed manuscript into Europe PMC within 6 months of publication. See the Europe PMC plus user guide.
    4. If you have any questions about paying APCs from block grant fund, contact apc@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.