Wellcome’s Open Access policy 2021

How to meet the requirements at Kent

The Wellcome Trust’s new open access policy began in January 2021

Policy highlights:

  • All research articles submitted from 1 January 2021 must be made freely available in PMC/Europe PMC at the time of publication
  • All research articles must have a CC-BY licence applied unless an exception has been agreed to allow publication under a CC BY-ND licence
  • The 6 months embargo period previously allowed is no longer permitted
  • OA publication costs in hybrid journals will no longer be funded (unless the journal is included in a Read and Publish Deal)
  • Authors will retain copyright in line with the Plan S ‘Rights Retention Strategy’
  • All research articles supported in whole or in part by Wellcome must include a data statement in line with policy on data, software, materials management and sharing

How to comply at the University of Kent

The Wellcome’s Complying with our Open Access policy detailed guidance is very helpful. However, if you want to check out titles for yourself in relation to the local situation at Kent, then follow these steps:

  1. Check our Article Processing Charge webpages where we list all of our current Read and Publish agreements with publishers.  These allow you to publish Gold open access for free with a CCBY licence, as part of the big journal subscription packages the library pays for.  You need to check the detail carefully as not all titles are covered, even if we have an agreement with that publisher.  We are updating this page frequently as more deals are agreed and circumstances change
  2. If the journal is not covered by one of the agreements, check the Sherpa Romeo service which indicates whether the publisher will permit you to make your Author Accepted Manuscript available on PubMed without an embargo of any kind. This would be free and not require the payment of an Article Processing Charge
  3. If neither of these routes apply, check the Directory of Open Access Journals. If the journal appears in this directory, Wellcome may make funding available to you. Instructions for applying are here.  The university does not receive any Open Access block funding from Wellcome.
  4. If none of 1-3 apply you will need to choose a different journal.
  5. Deposit your article in KAR to comply with the university’s Open Access policy. We can do this for you.
  6. Whatever route you use, you must publish with a CC BY licence and use the following statement in your submission, in the covering letter and in the funder acknowledgement section of your article

This research was funded in whole, or in part, by the Wellcome Trust [Grant number xxxxx]. For the purpose of open access, the author has applied a CC BY public copyright licence to any Author Accepted Manuscript version arising from this submission.

Further help

  • Use the Journal Checker Tool to check if a journal is compliant with Plan S and Wellcome’s policy
  • Send the title/s of the journals you are contemplating submitting to to researchsupport@kent.ac.uk, and the Research and Scholarly Communication Support Team in Information Services will advise

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