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Open Access Requirements for Externally Funded Research

The table below includes Open Access requirements of common external funders of SOAS Research and links to their official guidance. Researchers should think about Open Access when they apply for funding applications as there are often opportunities to cost in Open Access to budgets of applications. It is essential to know the requirements for Open Access to publications that result from funded research so that you can check potential publisher policies and processes for Open Access before you submit outputs to publishers.

Please contact outputs@soas.ac.uk if your funder isn’t listed and you aren’t sure of their Open Access options and requirements or if you need help help with the practicalities of making outputs from your project Open Access.

Funder Costing Open Access Open Access Requirements
AHRC - Use SOAS UKRI Funds to make journal articles Open Access
- Cost in charges for Open Access for other output types e.g. books and book chapters in application
- All journal articles and conferences and conference proceedings that result from UKRI funding.
- Open Access no later than 12 months after publication
- Use either SOAS UKRI funds or SOAS Research Online to meet requirements
- If UKRI funds used articles must be published with CC-BY Licence
- Funded PhD theses to be Open Access no later than 12 months after submission through SOAS Research Online
See Open Access Requirements for RCUK Funded PhD Students (pdf; 611kb)  
ESRC - Use SOAS UKRI Funds to make journal articles Open Access
- Cost in charges for Open Access for other output types e.g. books and book chapters in application
- All journal articles and conferences and conference proceedings that result from UKRI funding.
- Open Access no later than 12 months after publication
- Use either SOAS UKRI funds or SOAS Research Online to meet requirements
- If UKRI funds used articles must be published with CC-BY Licence
- Funded PhD theses to be Open Access no later than 12 months after submission through SOAS Research Online
See Open Access Requirements for RCUK Funded PhD Students (pdf; 611kb)  
European Commission FP7 Scheme - Include Open Access costs in dissemination budget of applications
- Payment of Open Access fees allowed for all output types and encouraged from project budget
- Use FP7 Open Access Pilot for post project journal articles resulting from ERC funding
- All journal articles Open Access no later than 12 months after publication
- Use either ERC Pilot funds (can only be used for full Open Access Journals) or SOAS Research Online to meet requirements
- Add all accepted versions of articles to SOAS Research Online on acceptance.
European Commission Horizon 2020 Scheme - Include Open Access costs in dissemination budget of applications
- Payment of Open Access fees allowed for all output types and encouraged from project budget
- All journal articles no later than 12 months after publication
- Use either your project funds or SOAS Research Online to meet requirements
- Add all accepted versions of articles to SOAS Research Online on acceptance
DFID - Include Open Access costs in project application
- Payment of Open Access fees allowed and encouraged from project budget
- Applies to peer-reviewed journal articles
- Paid Open Access route preferred for immediate Open Access
- If self-archiving used, e.g. SOAS Research Online, Open Access must be allowed by publisher no later than 6 months after publication
Wellcome - Costs for Open Access can be reimbursed by Wellcome provided publications meet their requirements
- Funds can be accessed after close of project
- Email: openaccess@wellcome.ac.uk to access funds
- Applies to journal articles, book chapters, monographs
- Open Access no less than 6 months after publication
- If paid for by Wellcome funds must be published with a CC-BY Licence
- Authors must offer Accepted Versions to Europe PMC if paid Open Access not sure
- Also Add Acception Version of your article to SOAS Research Online
Leverhulme Trust - Payment of Open Access fees allowed from funding provided they are incurred in lifetime of project - No specific requirements on Open Access
British Academy - Costs for Open Access not an allowable cost in funding - No specific requirements on Open Access