Cancer Research UK – Open access policy and funds

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Cancer Research UK (CRUK) was one of the charity open Access fund (COAF) charities but now operates it’s own funds and structure for open access.

There is an APC fund administered at Oxford for this funder. The block grant year runs from 1st October – 30th September

Fund status: Open for applications


Current Policy

This policy applies to:

  • All primary research publications published after 1st October 2014 which acknowledge a Cancer Research UK grant, either published during the award or after the funding period has ended.
  • All papers on which at least one author is in receipt of a Cancer Research UK grant, provided the paper in question is directly related to cancer research.

This policy does not apply to:

  • Review papers (except for meta analyses, such as Cochrane reviews), editorials, commentary.
  • Book chapters.
  • Monographs.


What to do at Oxford

  • If an APC payment is required – Please contact the Bodleian APC team before confirming selection of the paid route with journal, to check funds are available and the journal is funder-compliant.
  • If the journal does not deposit into EPMC on your behalf deposit into EPMC within the required timescale (see above)
  • Act on Acceptance & deposit a copy in ORA.
  •  Notes
    1. CRUK 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 . See the Europe PMC plus user guide.