FC&DO – Open access policy and funds

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DFID (Department for International Development) and the Foreign & Commonwealth office (FCO) merged to form the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FC&DO) in September 2020. Grants made under the DFID continue to be subject to the OA policy

  • DFID (Department for International Development) has had an Open Access policy since 1st November 2012. Read the full DFID policy.

Current Policy

  • Researchers are required to make peer-reviewed journal articles open access, preferably immediately or within 6 months if self-archiving.
  • DFID will include the cost of APCs (Article Processing Charges) in the overall project budget, and expect that authors will follow the ‘gold’ route whenever it is available.
  • When self-archiving peer-reviewed journal articles, manuscripts must be deposited in R4D and made open access within six months of first publication.
  • An embargo longer than six months will have to be agreed by DFID as an exemption.
  • Articles must include a statement on how to access original datasets.
  • Articles must include this acknowledgement:  ‘This work was supported by the UK Department for International Development [insert project title and Aries number]’.
  • DFID contact email: openaccess@dfid.gov.uk.

What to do at Oxford

  • Include your open access costs in your grant application if you need to pay an APC to publish open access.
  • Acknowledge your funder in your submission
  • If self-archiving, deposit accepted manuscript into R4D, to be OA within six months of first publication.
  • Please also Act on Acceptance and deposit a copy of your accepted manuscript in ORA at the time of article acceptance.  .
  • The SHERPA/RoMEO website provides details of publishers’ embargoes and deposit requirements.