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York Open Access Fund

Open Access at York

The Library manages the York Open Access Fund to help researchers pay Open Access article processing charges (APCs).

York authors whose research is funded (in whole or in part) by one of the UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) Research Councils or by Wellcome Trust can request payment of open access publication charges from the York Open Access Fund.

The Library manages a number of Open Access memberships and accounts to give York authors discounted, and in some cases free, Open Access publication. For details, visit:

If you would like more information, please email the Open Research Team at

Restrictions on use of UKRI open access funds

Funding from UKRI to pay open access APCs is limited. To ensure the University achieves compliance with, and meets the aims of, the UKRI policy on Open Access, for the remainder of the 2020/21 year (up to 30th March 2021) UKRI open access funds will be reserved for payment of APCs for publication in open access journals, or where payment of an APC is the only way to achieve compliance with the UKRI policy.

The University has agreements with a number of publishers which allow all York researchers to publish open access at no additional cost. These agreements will continue to provide a route to open access for UKRI funded research.

If your research is UKRI funded and you choose to publish in a hybrid journal (one that gives authors a choice of whether to publish under an open access or subscription model) and which does not have an open access agreement with the University, then you are encouraged to meet open access requirements by depositing their accepted manuscript to Pure or the White Rose Research Online repository. Where funding is not available to pay APCs. UKRI will accept embargoes of up to 24 months (AHRC/ESRC), 12 months (BBSRC/EPSRC/NERC/STFC) or 6 months (MRC) for open access through a repository.

The Charity Open Access Fund (COAF)

Open access costs for research funded by Blood Cancer UK, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Parkinson's UK, Versus Arthritis and Wellcome Trust were previously funded through the Charity Open Access Fund. This scheme came to an end on 30th September 2020.

Researchers funded by Wellcome Trust should continue to request open access publication fees for research articles through the York Open Access Fund.

The other former COAF partners are committed to open access and will continue to fund open access costs for the researchers they support. However, this funding will no longer be administratered through block grants managed centrally by the Library. The Charity Open Access Fund website contains information for researchers on how to access these funds.

About the Fund

About the Fund

The York Open Access Fund is a mechanism by which the University manages block grants awarded by UKRI and Wellcome Trust. Funding is available to pay open access publication costs for research funded in whole or in part by one or more of these organisations.

Eligible research funders:

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

  • Arts & Humanities Research Council
  • Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council
  • Economic & Social Research Council
  • Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council
  • Medical Research Council
  • Natural Environment Research Council
  • Science & Technology Facilities Council

Wellcome Trust

A fixed amount of funding is available to the University each year to cover open access publication costs.

For further details about eligibility and the management of the York Open Access Fund, please see our Protocol for Management of the York Open Access Fund.

For further information about the allocation of this fund please contact

Requesting payment of publication costs from the York Open Access Fund

To request payment of publication charges from York Open Access Fund, please submit the online payment request form.

On receiving your request we will check that the journal, or publication, meets the requirements of your funder and also check the availability of funds. Once this is completed, you will receive a confirmation email. We will endeavour to send you a confirmation email as soon as possible.

York OA Fund conditions

For open access publication charges (APCs) to be paid from the York Open Access Fund articles must meet the conditions below.

It is important that papers meet these conditions. If not, we may be unable to reimburse the publication costs and the author will have to find alternative funding. If you think these criteria may not be met, please let us know as soon as possible by contacting

Funder acknowledgement

Papers must acknowledge funding from one or more of the UKRI Research Councils (not including Research England) or Wellcome Trust. Grant numbers should be given when acknowledging funding. The acknowledgement should appear in this format:

"This work was supported by the Economic and Social Research Council [grant number xxxx]."

"This work was supported by the Wellcome Trust [grant numbers xxxx, yyyy]; the Natural Environment Research Council [grant number zzzz]; and the Economic and Social Research Council [grant number aaaa]."

Article type

To be eligible for funding the publication must be: 

  1. Peer-reviewed
  2. An original research article, or a review article not commissioned by the publisher (review articles commissioned by the publisher are not eligible for funding)
  3. Published in an academic journal or - for research funded by a UK Research Council(s) - a conference proceedings  

Open access license

The article must be published under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license, which allows for unrestricted reuse of content, subject only to the requirement that the source work is appropriately attributed. Not all publishers will allow use of the license, in which case we will be unable to pay APC costs. Journals will often give authors a choice of license to use and it is important that the CC BY option is selected.

Access to underlying research materials

If applicable, the paper should include a statement on how the underlying research materials – such as data, samples, or models – can be accessed.

Deposit to PubMed Central (Biomedical science)

Biomedical research must be made available as full-text through PubMed Central (PMC) and it's mirror site Europe PubMed Central (E-PMC). This applies to any research funded by Wellcome Trust or MRC, as well as biomedical research funded by BBSRC.

Where an open access fee has been paid, publishers are expected to automatically deposit copies of open access papers to PubMed Central upon final publication; however, it is the responsibility of authors to ensure that this does happen. 

Checking journal compliance

To find out if a journal will allow you to comply with your funder's requirements, use the Sherpa Funder and Author Compliance Tool (Fact).