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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 openaccess@exeter.ac.uk 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 openaccess@exeter.ac.uk if you have a query or require further information.


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