Open Access Policies: Funders: RCUK and University of Leicester and HEFCE

Open Access policy for Research Councils UK (RCUK) covering EPSRC, BBSRC, ESRC, AHRC, MRC, NERC and STFC and Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)
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Publishing author should consider the following OA policies introduced by HEFCE (REF eligibility criteria), Funders and the University.

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University of Leicester
The open access policy applies to all peer reviewed articles and conference proceedings. There is no preferential open access option, both green and gold satisfy the requirements. There is no central, institutional fund available to cover the fees associated with gold option. Such funding is only available for RCUK or COAF funded research.
In order to comply with the University’s policy authors need to deposit the Author’s accepted manuscript (also known as post print) within three months from acceptance date using IRIS system
Full details of the University’s OA policy can be found at:
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Research Councils UK (RCUK)
The seven UK Research Councils developed a single, uniform open access policy. The policy applies to all peer‐reviewed research articles and conference proceedings arising from RCUK funded research.
Compliant OA options:
Gold – The UKRI open access (OA) block grant for 2019/2020 has now been fully allocated and there are no further funds available. UKRI are currently reviewing their OA policy and we expect a public consultation in 2020 and new policy implementation during 2020.
The University Library open access team can assist you in meeting the UKRI OA policy requirements without having to pay a GOLD article processing charge (APC). Please contact for advice and further information is available in our Open Access Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Green – No costs are involved, however it’s researcher’s responsibility to deposit the accepted version of publication in institutional repository with maximum embargo of 6 months for STEM disciplines and 12 months HASS (research funded by AHRC and ESRC).
For further details please visit:
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HEFCE for REF2021
To meet eligibility criteria for the REF2021 submission, all peer reviewed journal articles and conference proceedings (with ISSN) accepted for publication after the 1st of April 2016 must be made open access.
HEFCE does not have a preferred OA option. The accepted version of manuscript should be deposited to repository within 3 months of acceptance date (3 months of publication date until 1st of April 2018).
In case of green OA, the embargo should not be longer than 12 months (for REF main panels A and B) or 24 months (for panels C and D).

For further details please see REF 2021 Audit Guidance (REF 2019/04 June 2019) document available at: .

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