York Open Access Fund

Open Access at York

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

York authors whose research is funded (in whole or in part) by one of the RCUK Research Councils or one of the Charity Open Access Fund (COAF) partners are able to request payment of open access publication charges from the York Open Access Fund.

The Library also manage a set 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: openaccesspublishing@york.ac.uk.

York OA Fund

Eligible research funders:

Research Councils (RCUK)

  • 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

Charity Open Access Fund (COAF)

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

The York Open Access Fund is a mechanism by which the University manages block grants awarded to the University by RCUK and the COAF for this purpose.

For papers to be eligible for payment of APCs from the York Open Access Fund they must meet the open access requirements of the funders acknolwedged.

To find out if a paper if likely to be eligible see the conditions for open access funding.

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

We cannot guarantee that funds will be available. Funding is allocated on a first-come-first-served basis for all eligible papers.

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.

The protocol has not yet been updated to cover funding from the Charity Open Access Fund. An updated version will be available soon.

For further information about the allocation of this fund please contact openaccesspublishing@york.ac.uk

Requesting payment of publication costs from the York Open Access Fund

When you submit your research to the publisher, send us the details using the York Open Access Fund 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, but please be aware that this might take a little time.

We are not able to confirm the availability of funds until the paper has been accepted for publication.

Once your paper is accepted for publication let us know by emailing openaccesspublishing@york.ac.uk and we will send you details for arranging the payment. We will pay publication costs directly to the publisher.  

York OA Fund conditions

Paper for which open access publication charges (APCs) will be paid from the York Open Access Fund 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 openaccesspublishing@york.ac.uk

Funder acknowledgement

Papers must acknowledge funding from one or more of the RCUK Research Councils or the Charity Open Access Fund research funders. 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)

Research funded by any biomedical funder 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:

  • Arthritis Research UK
  • Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
  • Bloodwise
  • British Heart Foundation
  • Cancer Research UK 
  • Parkinson's UK
  • Medical Research Council 
  • Wellcome Trust

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 wil allow you to comply with your funder's requirements, use the SHERPA Funder and Author Compliance Tool (FACT).