Funding Gold Open Access

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Gold Open Access is where a paper is made fully open on the publisher's website, often for a fee or 'Article Processing Charge' (APC). There are a number of Open Access funding opportunities available to authors affiliated with the University of Strathclyde, access generally depending on research outputs acknowledging certain funded projects. In addition, the University has a number of agreements and memberships with different publishers which in many cases will allow discounts to be applied against APC payments.

The first step towards accessing funding towards the payment of an APC is contacting the Open Access team upon manuscript acceptance with as full details as possible. Upon confirmation of approval for Gold OA advice will be given on progressing with the publication process in order that the copyright transfer and financial transaction is taken care of.

Please note that no fees will generally be covered by the library unless the Open Access team is first contacted about funding eligibility prior to requesting Gold Open Access from the publisher.

 

Frequently asked questions for funded research outputs:

 

1. Can I access funding for an APC payment if I am not the corresponding author?

2. What happens if the grant number for my project has not been included in the acknowledgements?

3. My research output is not the result of any funding; can I still apply for Gold Open Access?

4. What is the policy with regard to data statements?

 

 

1. Can I access funding for an APC payment if I’m not the corresponding author?


If an eligible funded project is acknowledged in the accepted manuscript, the answer will normally be yes; the only requirement is that the affiliation of the author who requests the APC funding is recognised as University of Strathclyde on the accepted manuscript.

There are some exceptions to this, for example the Springer Compact agreement. To benefit from a free APC for a manuscript accepted in an eligible journal for the Springer Compact, the Strathclyde author needs to be the corresponding author.

The best way to clarify the situation is asking the OA team via openaccess@strath.ac.uk.

 

2. What happens if the grant number for my project is not included in the acknowledgements?


As per the research funders' requirements we cannot process an APC payment if the grant number for the funded project is not referenced in the manuscript acknowledgements. Publishers will however normally allow the author(s) to update this section in their manuscript to meet such requirement prior to publication.

 

3. My research output is not the result of any funding; can I still apply for Gold Open Access?

 

Yes. Driven by the requirements expressed by research funders in the UK and Europe, agreements with publishers are gradually moving towards 'blanket Open Access funding' schemes. Under these, the eligibility no longer depends on whether a manuscript carries an acknowledgement of a funded project by a given research funder but rather on the publisher in whose journal the manuscript has been accepted.

The best example so far of these agreements is the 'Springer Compact'. As per the rules of this deal, any manuscript accepted in over 1,600 journals (PDF) published by Springer is eligible for Gold Open Access at no cost to the author(s). Similar agreements are currently being discussed with other publishers, while the renewal for the Springer Compact itself is under negotiation after a three-year period of implementation (2016-2018) at universities around the UK.

This section will be regularly updated with any new examples of these type of agreements.

 

4. What is the policy with regard to data statements?


Funders require all research papers, if applicable, to include a statement on how underlying research materials, such as data, samples or models, can be accessed. However, policy does not require that the data must be made open. If there are considered to be compelling reasons to protect access to the data, for example commercial confidentiality or legitimate sensitivities around data derived from potentially identifiable human participants, these should be included in the statement.