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RCUK Open Access policy: FAQs

RCUK Policy on Open Access

1. How can I comply with the RCUK Policy on Open Access?|
2. How is LSE implementing the RCUK Policy on Open Access?|
3. Which types of paper are covered by the RCUK Open Access requirements?|
4. My article is accepted for publication in a journal. How can I check if it is compliant with the RCUK policy? |
5. What are the maximum acceptable embargo periods for the Green route?
|6. Does the policy apply to grant holders of finished projects submitting papers after 1st April 2013?|

LSE Institutional Publication Fund

7. What funds are available at LSE to cover article processing charges (APCs)?|
8. How will the LSE Institutional Publication Fund be allocated?|
9. How do I arrange payments of APCs?|
10.My RCUK-funded paper was submitted before 1st April 2013. Am I eligible for the fund?|
11. I am not the corresponding author of the paper, will LSE still cover my APC?|

Depositing in LSE Research Online

12. What is LSE Research Online?|
13. How can I deposit my work in LSE Research Online?|
14. I am an RCUK-funded author choosing the Green Open Access route. What will happen when I submit my final manuscript?|
15. My paper is not funded by RCUK. Should I still submit to LSE Research Online?|

 Policy on Open Access

1. How can I comply with the RCUK Policy on Open Access?

The new RCUK Policy on Open Access| requires research papers or conference proceedings derived from research that is funded wholly or in part by the Research Councils to:

To comply with the RCUK Policy, authors are required to publish in a journal which:

  • either provides immediate, unrestricted access to the final version of the paper via its own website, using a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence - this is the Gold route and may involve payment of an APC to the publisher;
  • or permits the deposit of the final accepted manuscript in any repository, without restriction on  on-commercial re-use - this is the Green route and does not involve the payment of an APC.

2. How is LSE implementing the RCUK Policy on Open Access?

LSE encourages authors to comply with the RCUK Policy by choosing the Green route wherever possible, depositing copies of research papers in LSE Research Online.

Additionally, LSE has created an Institutional Publication Fund which will allow eligible RCUK funded researchers to apply for funds to pay APCs for Gold Open Access publication where this is identified as the most effective dissemination route and/or where a Green option is not available or compliant with the RCUK policy.

Further details of the LSE implementation of the policy can be found on our Guidance for LSE authors page|.

3. Which types of paper are covered by the RCUK Open Access requirements?

The RCUK Policy on Open Access applies to peer-reviewed research papers and conference proceedings.

4. My article is accepted for publication in a journal. How can I check if it is compliant with the RCUK policy?

Check if your chosen journal is compliant with the RCUK policy on SHERPA/FACT|, the Funders & Authors Compliance Tool, or contact us| for further advice.

5. What are the maximum acceptable embargo periods for the Green route?

The maximum acceptable embargo periods for the Green route vary according to discipline. 12 months is permitted for humanities and social sciences and six months for other subjects. Where funding for APCs is unavailable during the transition period, an embargo period of 24 months is acceptable in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

6. Does the policy apply to grant holders of finished projects submitting papers after 1st April 2013?

Yes, the RCUK Policy on Open Access applies to all journal articles and conference papers which acknowledge RCUK funding and are submitted after 1st April 2013, even if the project is finished.

LSE Institutional Publication Fund

7. What funds are available at LSE to cover article processing charges (APCs)?

The LSE Institutional Publication Fund holds the RCUK block grant provided to help institutions meet the cost of APCs. This covers peer-reviewed articles and proceedings papers arising from research funded wholly or in part by RCUK and which meet the eligibility criteria as set out here.

8. How will the LSE Institutional Publication Fund be allocated?

The Publication Fund will be administered by Library Services in consultation with the Director of the Research Division and the Pro-Director (Research). It will be available to all RCUK grant holders for publications which meet the following criteria:

  • Peer-reviewed article or proceedings paper submitted from 1st April 2013
  • Publication arises wholly or in part from RCUK funded research
  • Journal complies with RCUK Policy on Open Access
  • Journal does not allow RCUK compliant Green deposit or there is a compelling case for choosing Gold Open Access
  • Corresponding author or grant holder is a current member of LSE
  • Author or grant holder has deposited a copy of the accepted paper in LSE Research Online

9. How do I arrange payment of APCs?

Contact lseresearchonline@lse.ac.uk| in the Library to arrange payment of APCs.

10. My RCUK-funded paper was submitted before 1st April 2013. Am I eligible for the fund?

The LSE Institutional Publication Fund only covers papers submitted after 1st April 2013. The RCUK Policy on Open Access applies to papers funded by RCUK submitted for publication from that date forward.  It does not apply to research papers that have been submitted for publication before 1 April 2013. Contact us for advice on how you can make a Green Open Access version available via LSE Research Online|.

11. I am not the corresponding author of the paper, will LSE still cover my APC?

The LSE Institutional Publication Fund only funds papers where the corresponding author or grant holder is a current member of LSE.

Depositing in LSE Research Online

12. What is LSE Research Online?

LSE Research Online| is the institutional repository for The London School of Economics and Political Science. It contains full-text, Open Access versions and bibliographic records of outputs produced by LSE staff, including journal articles, book chapters, books, working papers, conference papers and more.

The mission of LSE Research Online| is to:

provide a record of the work of all LSE academic and support staff

  • provide Open Access to the full text research where permitted by publishers
  • enable compliance with funder mandates via Green Open Access
  • openly share its information with internal and external services for greater dissemination of LSE research
  • preserve LSE research for posterity

13. How can I deposit my work in LSE Research Online?

To deposit your work, email the team at lseresearchonline@lse.ac.uk|. Alternatively, you can register at eprints.lse.ac.uk| and upload your publications to the database. A member of the team will then check the records, copyright permissions and make the record live.

14. I am an RCUK-funded author choosing the Green Open Access route. What will happen when I submit my final manuscript to LSE Research Online?

The Research Support Services team in the Library will check the journal has an RCUK compliant Green Open Access route and, if so, will make the paper openly available in LSE Research Online|. We will seek clarification from publishers on their permissions policies, if necessary.

15. My paper is not funded by RCUK. Should I still submit to LSE Research Online?

We encourage authors to submit their work to LSE Research Online| regardless of funder policies. Depositing full-text versions of your work in an online repository often leads to greater dissemination of your research due to quality descriptive metadata, ensuring publications are indexed highly and accurately in search engines and online.
Further questions? Contact the Research Support Services Team in the Library: lseresearchonline@lse.ac.uk|

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