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Research Services: Funding for open access

We can advise and support you on all these issues. In the unlikely event we are unable to answer your query we will direct you to someone in the University who can.

Information for COAF or UKRI funded researchers (grant holders)

Are you funded by any of these six charities or by the UKRI funding organisations? 

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

These organisations require researchers, as a condition of the funding grant, to publish their work open access.This can be achieved via the green open access route by archiving your Author Accepted Manuscript (AAM) in Discovery or via the gold route where an APC is paid and the work is released by the publisher immediately into the public sphere with a CC-BY license.Diagram of organisations belonging to UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). Accessible word document of information displayed in wheel can be found below box. Diagram is clickable and takes you to UKRI website.

UKRI is one of nine delivery partners for the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), a £1.5 billion fund announced by the UK government  to support research that addresses the challenges of low and middle income countries (LMIC). More information is available here.


Did you know as a condition of your grant you are also required by some funders to archive a copy of your AAM or the final published version of the work (if published gold open access) in PubMed Central and/or Europe PMC?

Some publishers offer a manuscript deposit service to researchers to archive their work in PubMed Central to comply with funder open access requirements but this must be selected at submission or acceptance. Otherwise you will need to archive your AAM manually via EuropePMC Plus.

Anything submitted to PubMed is mirrored to Europe PMC and vice versa, there is no need to deposit the paper twice.

Do you have any questions about funder compliance

Do you require more information about Creative Commons licenses?

Does the publisher's embargo differ to your funder's embargo

Understanding your responsibilities as a grant holder is crucial. If funder compliance is not met any future grant applications could be affected. We can help you with this. Email:

Require funding for open access but don't have a grant?

We manage a small institutional fund which can be used to fund research published in fully open access journals.

Image showing a piggy bank, pig with happy face.If you are the corresponding author and affiliated to the University of Dundee you can publish via the gold route of open access using the UK Read and Publish (Springer Compact) deal. This is a national agreement with Springer, negotiated through JISC, for participating universities. It allows authors at the University of Dundee to publish via the gold route of open access for free in specifically selected journals as part of our subscription package to Springer's journals. Check the list of eligible subscription journals, via the Hybrid Journal List, which you could publish in for free.

Sherpa Services

SHERPA Services help authors and institutions by providing a suite of tools designed to inform about open access publication and funder compliance.

  • SHERPA FACT - Use Sherpa Fact to ensure your journal is compliant with your funder's open access policy.
  • SHERPA RoMEO - Use this to find individual journal policies on OA publishing and archiving.
  • SHERPA Juliet - Sherpa Juliet details individual funders' conditions for open access.
  • SHERPA REF - Use Sherpa REF to see if a journal has open access polices that allow them to be REF compliant.


Image of Sherpa logo. Shows letters SHERP. and an A with two hands joined within the A. Image links to SHERPA services webpage.

Submitting an article for publication? Use this handy checklist.

Diagram of checklist for publishing. Accessible word document available below box, listing process depicted in diagram.