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The term ‘Open Access’ (OA) is normally used to refer to free online access to the outputs of publicly funded research. It is typically focused on peer-reviewed journal articles and conference papers.

Current Medical research funders with Open Access policies:

  • Wellcome Trust 
  • RCUK
  • BHF
  • Arthritis UK
  • British Academy
  • Cancer Research UK
  • DFID
  • European Commission
  • Leverhulme Trust
  • NIH

The European Commission has announced that EU funded Horizon 2020 research will have an OA requirement.

The RCUK Open Access Block Grant to Oxford is available and easy to apply for.

Oxford staff and students can apply for funds to pay an Article Processing Charge (APC) or article-related charges for papers submitted for publication on/after 1st April 2013.

  • If they do not have such funding on the relevant RCUK programme, project, fellowship or student grant from RCUK awarded prior to 1 April 2013


  • If they hold a new RCUK award commencing on or after 1 April 2013

Click here to see a summary of the criteria for each of the above sponsors.

Each funder has slightly different criteria and each journal that you choose to publish in has a different route to Open Access, therefore you need to check carefully to make sure your article is fulfilling the funder's criteria.

If you are not funded by any of the named sponsors, you do not have to submit your paper for Open Access. However, it is a University requirement that you submit your paper to the ORA (Oxford University Research Archive). Details on how to do this can be found here.

For further information please see: