Charity Open Access Fund

By | September 15, 2014

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Charity Open Access Fund (COAF) is a partnership between six UK medical research charities РArthritis Research UK, Breast Cancer Campaign, the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and the Wellcome Trust - to enable free and unrestricted access to the published articles they support.

COAF will begin on 1 October 2014, for an initial two-year pilot period. Wellcome Trust will administer COAF on behalf of the partners for the pilot phase. The partner research charities believe passionately that enabling open access to the published outputs of the research they support allows the knowledge to be shared faster and accelerates the application of that knowledge for health benefit.

Many publishers now offer models where they will make research papers freely available immediately on publication – often in return for an up-front fee known as an article processing charge (APC). COAF will help to ensure that the researchers and institutions they support have access to the funds needed to meet these costs, and make the research papers they fund available in open access form.

COAF will provide grants to 36 UK universities and research institutes ( to meet open access article processing charges for research papers supported by one or more of the six partner charities. APCs for research papers acknowledging at least one of the partner charities as a funder, and accepted for publication on or after 1 October 2014, may be charged to COAF.

Charity Open Access Funds may be used to meet open access costs associated with original peer-reviewed research articles and non-commissioned review articles; funds are not associated with commissioned reviews or conference proceedings.

COAF funds may only be used to pay open access article processing charges, not to cover other charges that some journals may levy, such as page and color charges. Where these apply, researchers must use other funds to meet these costs.

Where an APC is paid from COAF, the journal must: (a) deposit, on behalf of the author, the final version of the article – which includes all the changes that arise from the peer-review, copy-editing and proofing processes – in PubMed Central (PMC), where it must be made freely available at the time of publication (a link to the article on the publisher site is not sufficient); and (b) license the content under a Creative Commons Attribution-only ( CC-BY) license.

Content deposited in PMC is automatically mirrored to the Europe PMC repository.

You may access COAF funds to meet open access costs for any paper resulting from research supported in whole or in part by one or more of the partner funders. However, if other research funders have supported the work reported in the paper, and these funders mandate open access, we expect the open access costs to be split between the contributing funders.

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The joint Fund will be established initially for a pilot phase lasting two years, from 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2016.


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