The University receives annually an Open Access Block Grant (OABG) to cover Article Processing Charges (APCs) for a peer-reviewed journal article or a conference proceeding arising directly from research funded by one of the UK Research Councils (AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, and NERC). It is a requirement of this open access funding that the funder is acknowledged in the article. Funding is also available to UEA students in receipt of UKRI funding as well as staff.
To apply for this open access funding, the Gold Open Access APC Funding Request Form must be completed and emailed to RIN’s Open Research Team (firstname.lastname@example.org) asap after acceptance by the publisher. 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. The applicant will also be advised of any APC discounts provided by the publisher.
Currently, there are no centralised sources of funding at UEA 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.
If there is no funding available, an article can be made open access using the green route to open access, by uploading a copy of the full text 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.