Applying for an Article Processing Charge (APC) from a block grant

The University of Oxford currently has limited block grant funding from specific funders to assist funded research(ers) with Open Access (OA) publishing costs. Each section below details the specific terms, eligibility and criteria for each of the funding grants.

  • UKRI

    This section will be being edited/added to as we receive notice on UKRI’s implementation. The below cost eligibility will be applicable from 1st April 2022.

    Fund status: Closed for Applications (Notice for block grant) The fund will reopen for applications 01/04/22

    Block grant year: 1st April to 31st March

    The new UKRI Open Access policy will come into effect from: 01/04/2022.

    Eligibility

    • Article processing charges (APCs) and charges via other types of funding models (e.g.membership fees) that support publication in fully open access journals and platforms.
    • Publish elements of Jisc-approved transitional agreements.
    • Open access fees in journals approved by Jisc as meeting the research sectors requirements for transition to OA.
    • Costs associated with open access via “route 2” of the policy, for example making the Author’s Accepted Manuscript (or Version of Record, where the publisher permits)
      available in an institutional or subject repository at the time of final publication.
    • Open access costs associated with articles in scope of and compliant with the RCUK policy i.e. submitted for publication before 1 April 2022.

    What the block grant doesn’t cover

    • The cost of hybrid open access publishing in subscription journals unless part of Jisc approved transitional agreements or in journals approved by Jisc as meeting the
      research sectors requirements for transition to OA.
    • Other charges associated with publication, including page and colour charges, and non-open access publication charges and fees.
    • Open access fees associated with monographs, book chapters and edited collections.

    Criteria

    See the UKRI policy page.

  • Wellcome

    Fund status: Open for Applications

    Block grant year: 1st October to 30th September

    Eligibility

    • Only peer-reviewed, original (primary) research articles are eligible.
    • Research /study protocols, systemic reviews, scoping reviews and meta-analyses are not included in the Wellcome OA policy.
      • However, costs can be covered if publishing in a fully OA journal/platform.
    • Conference proceedings, editorials, letters or commentaries, book chapter and monographs and any other charges associated with publication, such as page and colour charges, are ineligible.
    • We cannot support OA charges for hybrid journals which ask authors to agree to payment upon submission.
    • Open Access costs for book chapters and monographs can be requested from Wellcome: openaccess@wellcome.org

    Criteria

    • A CC BY (Creative Commons Attribution) licence must be applied to articles.
      • A CC BY-ND (Creative Commons Attribution No Derivatives) licence may be applied as an exception. However, this must be approved by Wellcome before submission.
    • Wellcome funding must be acknowledged within the article, including the grant reference number.
    • Rights Retention Statement is required on all articles. This must be included in the journal submission.
    • Immediate Europe PMC deposit is required upon print publication.
    • Posting preprints of work is strongly advised.
  • Cancer Research UK

    Fund status: Open for Applications

    The new CRUK OA policy will come into effect from: 01/01/2022

    Block grant year: 1st October to 30th September

    Eligibility

    • Only original, peer-reviewed research articles are eligible.
    • Meta-analyses are eligible.
    • All OA and hybrid journals are eligible.
    • Review papers, editorials, commentary, conference proceedings, book chapters and monographs are ineligible.

    Criteria

    • Articles must be published under a CC BY licence (Creative Commons Attribution Licence).
    • CRUK funding must be acknowledged within the article.
    • Immediate Europe PMC deposit is required upon print publication or Version of Record availability (online-only journals).
      • Note: for articles accepted before 01 January 2022, availability in Europe PMC must be made within 6 months from publication.
  • British Heart Foundation

    Fund status: Open for Applications

    Block grant year: 1st October to 30th September

    Eligibility

    • Only peer-reviewed, primary research articles are eligible.
    • Non-invited reviews are eligible.
    • All OA and hybrid journals are eligible.
    • Commissioned or invited review articles, conference proceedings, editorials, letters or commentaries and any other charges associated with publication, such as page and colour charges, are ineligible.

    Criteria

    • Articles must be published under a CC BY licence (Creative Commons Attribution Licence).
    • BHF funding needs to be acknowledged within the article.
    • For pure OA journals, immediate Europe PMC deposit upon print publication is required. For hybrid journals, a 6 month Europe PMC deposit is allowed.

    If the BHF allocation for the year has been used, select a journal that allows the author to self-deposit in Europe PMC within 6 months of publication. More details are available on the funder website: https://www.bhf.org.uk/for-professionals/information-for-researchers/managing-your-grant/open-access-policy

  • MSD Open and Equitable Publishing Fund

    Please see here for more information on the MSD Open and Equitable Publishing Fund

How to apply

Please email the APC team at apc@bodleian.ox.ac.uk if you are funded by one of the above, to begin the application process.

Notes on APC payments

  1. Please note the status of the fund, eligibility and criteria before applying.
  2. 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.
  3. Date of publication or payment must fall within the current block grant year.