NIHR – Open access policy and funds

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Note: NIHR have released a new OA policy which will take effect as of 1st June 2022, until then please continue to use the below policy (details on the forthcoming policy can be found on the NIHR OA policy page)

Current Policy

  • The National Institute for Health Research Open Access policy applies to peer-reviewed research articles (including non-commissioned review articles, final reports or executive summaries) funded in whole or in part by NIHR, submitted for publication since 1st April 2014. Key points:
    • Required to publish open access, with Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence.
    • Freely available in Europe PMC within 6 months of publication.
    • Use the NIHR award to cover publication costs.
    • NIHR researchers entitled to 15% discount on APCs for BioMed Central and SpringerOpen journals.
    • No cost for publishing in one of the fully OA NIHR journals.
  • Full details are on the NIHR’s Open Access policy page. 
  • Funder acknowledgement : NIHR not Department of Health and Social Care. Example: ‘Funded by the National Institute for Health Research full Programme name (NIHR xxx) Programme.’
  • NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre (OUH NHS FT) authors: note Acknowledgement guidance on right.

What to do at Oxford

  • Have a plan for where you want to publish, and bearing in mind NIHR preference for immediate OA, include any APC (Article Processing Charges) costs in your grant application.
  • Acknowledge your funder in your submission
  • Deposit manuscript in EuropePMC within 6 months of publication.
  • Please also Act on Acceptance and deposit a copy of your accepted manuscript in ORA at the time of article acceptance.
  • SHERPA/RoMEO gives publisher embargoes and deposit copyright.

Oxford Biomedical Research Centre, which is a collaboration between the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Oxford to fund medical research,  receives funding from the NIHR .

Research publication acknowledgement practice: guidance for NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre funded authors:

1. Acknowledgement of NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) support in peer reviewed publications is a contractual obligation of the award made by the NIHR to support the BRC partnership. All publications by BRC-supported or BRC affiliated investigators that report clinical/translational work directly or indirectly supported by the BRC should include clear acknowledgement of NIHR Oxford BRC support. This includes projects where BRC support contributed to infrastructure, support staff or research governance, even if the primary support from the project was from another source.

2. It is important that all authors on a research publication liaise with the corresponding author(s) to ensure that funder attribution(s) are listed correctly. The following standard text should be included in the relevant funding or acknowledgement section in any peer reviewed publication. Please check the instructions for authors for the relevant publication for further details on how to acknowledge funders.

3. Acknowledgement of BRC support should be made by including the phrase“. (“Supported by the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre, Oxford). The words in bold are those that will be used for bibliometric analysis. Please note that this may be subject to checking and audit.

Example 1: ‘This work was supported by the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre, Oxford.

Example 2: “The research was supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Oxford Biomedical Research Centre. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR or the Department of Health.”

Example 3: If more than one funder or grant was involved, then the suggested text is: ‘This work was supported by the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre Oxford; Cancer Research UK [grant number]; another funder [grant number]; etc.’