If you are in receipt of funding from RCUK, it is necessary for your outputs from the research to comply with the RCUK Policy on Open Access.
To comply with the RCUK OA requirements, you must:
If you are unsure about what you need to do, please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
You can choose either the Green route or the Gold route for making your paper open access to comply with the policy.
To comply via the Green route:
Your chosen journal must allow you to deposit a copy of the final accepted manuscript in a repository which can be made publically available without restriction on noncommercial re-use after no longer than the maximum embargo set by RCUK.
For work funded by BBSRC, EPSRC, MRC, NERC or STFC, the maximum embargo is 6 months.
For work funded by AHRC or ESRC, the maximum embargo is 12 months.
If you are unable to meet the OA requirements with your chosen journal, you should take the Gold route to compliance.
To comply via the Gold route:
It may be that your journal of choice does not meet the RCUK OA requirements through the no cost green route, if that is the case you can take the gold route which makes the paper immediately available at the time of online publication through the payment of an article processing charge. To comply, the journal should provide immediate and unrestricted access to the final published version of the paper, which is made available using the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) Licence.
SRUC is now in receipt of a small block grant from RCUK to cover the costs of Gold open access publishing and ensure compliance with the RCUK OA policy.
For information on how to apply for these funds, see http://sruc.libguides.com/rcukfunding/howtoapply.
Once the block grant is depleted or has run out, the green route embargoes are extended to 12 months for Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine and 24 months for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
Research Councils UK is the overarching body for UK's seven Research Councils and is one of the main funding bodies in the UK.
The RCUK policy on Open Access was implemented in 2012 and supports the UK Government's commitment to ensuring that publicly-funded research is made freely available. It applies to peer-reviewed research papers, which acknowledge Research Council funding. Each Research Council has its own requirements - links, where available, are given to these in the table below.
|Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)||Policy on open access|
|Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)||Policy on access to research outputs|
|Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)||Policy on access to research outputs|
|Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC)||Policy on open access to research outputs|
|Medical Research Council (MRC)||Open Access policy|
|Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)||Research outputs|
|Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)||
Open Access requirement details are available in the Research Grants Handbook.
Although the funder’s own website and any documentation provided at the issuing of the grant is the definitive place for information on requirements and conditions, there a number of services which allow you to make quick checks on this information.
SHERPA JULIET collates information on funders open access policies into easy to read summaries. You can search by funder to check their requirements.
Unsure how to acknowledge RCUK as the funder in your paper?
The correct format is:
"This work was supported by the xxxx Research Council [grant number xxxx]."