Research Funders' Open Access Policies


From 1st April 2013, Research Councils UK (RCUK) requires authors to make certain RCUK-funded outputs available via open access, through either green or gold channels. The Wellcome Trust similarly requires a commitment to Open Access from its beneficiaries.

Do the changes affect me?

Only if your research output is funded by the component bodies of RCUK, or by the Wellcome Trust.

If so, how?

This depends on which funder is involved:

  • For a guide to the RCUK policy, click here.
  • If you are funded by The Wellcome Trust, click here.
  • For details of other funders' Open Access policies, see SHERPA/JULIET.