Open Access Funding, COAF funded authors

Check the Open Access funding available for COAF funded authors and your eligibility to apply.

Open Access Funds

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The Library manages a Fund provided by The Charity Open Access Fund (COAF) to cover the article processing charges (APC) associated with gold open access where the research was funded, wholly or in part, by one of:

  • Bloodwise
  • British Heart Foundation
  • Cancer Research UK
  • Parkinson’s UK
  • Versus Arthritis
  • Wellcome Trust

The University Library manages both the UKRI and COAF OA block grants and data on all our block grant APC spend at the University is available in Figshare https://leicester.figshare.com/collections/University_of_Leicester_OA_Block_Grant_Funder_Reporting/4555571

Eligibility for funding

If your publication was supported by a COAF funder you should be eligible for Open Access funding provided:

  • The publication must be a peer reviewed journal article or conference proceeding
  • You must explicitly acknowledge your funder (preferably with a grant number) in your publication
  • We normally only accept applications where the corresponding author is from the University of Leicester
  • The Fund covers open access fees only: submission, page, colour or other charges are not supported and you will have to find another source to fund these
  • You must select the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) licence and no other. Variants of CC-BY such as CC-BY-NC or CC-BY-NC-SA are not acceptable

For collaborative papers that cross institutions, we will pay 100% of the open access fee if there is a Leicester corresponding author. Otherwise we will negotiate how the fees will be paid with the other institutions.

Funding for open access monographs is available for Wellcome Trust grant holders. This scheme is not administered through the Library, instead researchers can claim these costs back directly from the Trust, more information on Wellcome website.

If your publication does not fall within the terms of our fund, you may be able to apply for funds from elsewhere and the Library has negotiated free or heavily discounted Open Access arrangements with several leading publishers.

How to apply for funding

Please fill in the Open Access Fund application form. You will need basic details about your paper, grant and fee being requested.

The Library manages the fund on first come first served basis: Please apply before submitting your paper. Although we will consider applications at any stage we cannot guarantee there will be funds.

Once your paper has been accepted and send us the invoice or payment details as soon as possible.

Open Access Fund workflow

Once we have received your application, we will:

  • Check all applications and give you a decision within two working days if your request is straightforward
  • In more complex cases where we need to contact the publisher for clarification, we will let you know why there is a delay
  • If your application cannot meet COAF requirements, we will explain why and set out any alternatives for you

When your publication reaches acceptance stage please forward the invoice to us for processing.

Further help and information

Further information on publishers who provide paid options for open access can be found at SHERPA RoMEO. You can find out whether your preferred journal is compliant with your funder's requirements by checking the SHERPA FACT database.

We're here to help, so please contact us or check our FAQ for answers.

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