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New Wellcome Charity Open Access Fund

The Wellcome Trust has announced a new Charity Open Access Fund (COAF) aimed at helping researchers funded by medical charities to make their published research papers immediately and freely available.

From 1 October 2014 researchers funded by the following charities will be able to access this new fund in order to publish on open access by paying the journal publisher a fee:

  • Arthritis Research UK
  • Breast Cancer Campaign
  • British Heart Foundation
  • Cancer Research UK
  • Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research

Anyone who is wholly or partially funded by the charities above – including postgraduate research students – can apply.  The fund will be managed by the Open Access Team based in the Library.  Contact us at or apply by completing the Charities Fund application form, available on the Open Access web site.

Researchers who receive funds will be expected to adhere to Wellcome Trust Open Access Policy:

  • All peer-reviewed journal articles should be open access within a maximum of six months from publication;
  • A copy of the paper must be deposited by the journal or author in Europe PubMed Central within six months of publication;
  • Papers must be licensed using the Creative Commons CC-BY licence (typically offered by the publisher when a fee is paid);
  • If the journal does not offer a paid open access option authors should deposit the accepted version of the paper in a repository (such as Exeter’s ORE) with a six month maximum embargo on access.

See the Wellcome Authors’ FAQs for greater detail.

Scholarly monographs and book chapters should also be made open access but under slightly different conditions – please contact Open Access should you be planning a book or chapter.

We are available at  if you have a query or require further information.


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