Cancer Research UK

A summary of Cancer Research UK's open access policy and their requirements for researchers who receive funding from them.

Requirements overview

Requirement Detail
Acknowledge the funder Required
Data accessibility statement Required
Rights retention statement Not required
Specific licence

If an APC is paid – CC BY licence required

If an APC is paid – CC BY-ND by exception (contact funder)

Embargo limit No embargo permitted
Deposit locations EPMC
APC payment exclusions None specified
APC payment source Oxford CRUK block grant current status: Open for applications
Other notes

PrePrints 'strongly encouraged' in EPMC indexed locations

Contact the press team about any new publications

Further information

What is covered by the policy

"This policy applies to all CRUK-funded researchers, Host Institutions and funded collaborators in relation to original, primary research publications that are accepted for publication in a peer reviewed journal. This applies to publications that have been supported, in whole or in part, by CRUK.

The policy does not apply to book chapters, monographs, editorials, reviews or conference proceedings."

Further criteria

EPMC deposit

"An electronic copy of your paper must be made freely available in Europe PMC at the time of final publication."

Licence requirement

"The open access version of your research paper must be published with a CC-BY 4.0 licence unless we have agreed, as an exception, to allow publication under a CC BY-ND licence"

Contact CRUK press team

"Provide the CRUK Press Team with a copy of all publications and conference abstracts arising from the Grant Activities at the time of submission for publication via the online manuscript submission form on CRUK’s website or Any manuscripts and details will be held in the strictest confidence"

Preprints encouraged

"All CRUK-funded researchers are strongly encouraged to:

  • post preprints of their work en-route to publication in a peer-reviewed journal
  • publish them under a CC BY licence on a platform that is indexed in Europe PMC"

Paying for Cancer Research UK journal article publication

See Applying to the block grants

(All quotations taken from Cancer Research UK policy page on 08/06/2023)