The University currently receives an annual Block Grant to cover costs relating to open access publishing of a peer-reviewed journal article or a conference proceeding arising directly from research funded by one or more of the UK Research Councils (AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC or STFC). It is a requirement of this open access funding that the relevant grants are acknowledged in the paper, and a data sharing statement must also be included. Funding is available to UEA students in receipt of UKRI funding as well as staff. Please note that colour charges and other publication charges will not normally be covered by the block grant.
To apply for this open access funding, the Open Access APC Funding Request Form must be completed and emailed to RIN’s Open Research Team (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible after acceptance by the publisher. Authors may also contact the team prior to submission. If the article is eligible for funding and funds are still available, the applicant will receive a confirmation email from RIN. Invoices should not be forwarded for payment to RIN unless this approval has been received.
Currently, there are no centralised sources of funding at UEA for other types of outputs arising from UKRI funded research or for non-UKRI research articles. However, there may be funds available through the School or Faculty, and the Director of Research should be contacted before submitting the article. There may also be publisher agreements which provide a discount or cover the full cost of the APC regardless of funding source; please see the RIN Open Access webpage.
If there is no funding available, an article can usually be made open access using the green route to open access, by uploading a copy of the accepted manuscript of the publication to PURE, which feeds through to the UEA Digital Repository. In the case of journal articles and conference proceedings, if this is done at the point of acceptance, it will also ensure that the article is eligible for REF. The Open Research Team in RIN will ensure that the relevant embargoes and restrictions to access are applied in line with the publication’s terms and conditions.