Wellcome Trust and Charity Open Access Fund (COAF)


Current Policy
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  • Oxford has received a COAF grant for 1 October 2016 to 30 September 2017 to pay open access fees for articles arising from research funded by one or more of the participating charities:
  • Arthritis Research UK, Bloodwise*, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UKParkinson’s UK**, Wellcome Trust
  • COAF policy (since 1 Oct 2014):  peer-reviewed research articles and non-commissioned review articles funded wholly or in part by a COAF charity must be freely available in PubMed Central (or Europe PMC) within 6 months of publication.
  • If an Article Processing Charge (APC) is paid, the journal must make the final published version immediately available in PMC, publish it with a CC-BY licence, and from 1 April 2017 also meet new publisher requirements.
  • Articles submitted to non-compliant publishers cannot use Wellcome funds to pay APCs.  See list of compliant publishers.
  • The fund does not cover commissioned reviews or conference proceedings, or other costs such as page and colour charges.
  • Oxford is one of 36 UK research institutions receiving a COAF Block Grant, to be administered by the Wellcome Trust in the same manner as has operated to date.
  • For further information see the Wellcome Trust’s COAF page and the open access policies of the partner charities:

*formerly Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research (renamed September 2015). **Parkinson’s UK joined COAF on 1 October 2015.

Monographs & book chapters

The Wellcome Trust policy also applies to scholarly monographs and book chapters. See ‘Complying with our Open Access policy’ .

Breast Cancer Now (October 2016)

Breast Cancer Now is no longer a COAF member. Its revised OA policy requires open access within 12 months of publication (in Europe PMC) preferably by the ‘green route’ (self-archiving).

  • Before submitting article, check SHERPA/FACT to ensure the journal meets WT/COAF requirements (OA in EuropePMC within 6 months of publication).
  • Check the journal is from one of the publishers complying with Wellcome Trust’s new requirements from 1 April 2017.
  • When the article is accepted for publication, if a fee is required to meet requirements, follow the process below. The central APC Team will request the invoice and arrange payment from Oxford’s COAF Block Grant where eligible.
  • Please contact the APC team before confirming selection of gold (paid) route with journal, to check funds are available, and the journal is funder-compliant: apc@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.
  • Application form and procedure:
    1. Researchers should apply for payment to be made on their behalf using the form below. Departments should not pay the invoice on behalf of the grant holders and claim reimbursement.
    2. Please complete an application form.
    3. Send it to the Bodleian’s APC Team at apc@bodleian.ox.ac.uk with the publisher’s APC or article-charges request form.
  • NB. The date of publication or payment must fall within the current COAF block grant year, 1 October 2016 to 30 September 2017.
  • The COAF preference is Gold open access. Where a journal does not offer Gold open access, deposit a copy of the final, peer reviewed manuscript into Europe PMC within 6 months of publication. See the Europe PMC plus user guide for more information.
  • Oxford University also encourages you to Act on Acceptance & deposit a copy in ORA.
  • If you have any questions about paying APCs from the COAF fund, contact apc@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.