Recent Open Access developments

Wellcome Trust and COAF-funded authors:

From November 2015, there has been a change in the way APCs are paid for researchers funded by the Wellcome Trust and COAF. Previously, researchers were required to arrange payment of APCs themselves and reclaim it from funds administered by the Bodleian Libraries. As of now, researchers should not pay APCs but should forward the publisher’s APC or article-charges request form for each accepted paper to the Bodleian Libraries for payment instead along with the application form. The new procedure is intended to simplify the process of getting APCs paid for authors.
Payment requests should be emailed to, or sent in hard copy to Open Access APC forms, Acquisitions Services, Collections and Resource Description (C&RD), Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford OsneyOne Building, Osney Mead, Oxford, OX2 0EW.

Act on Acceptance:


Oxford’s Act on Acceptance campaign is underway in response to HEFCE’s requirements that, in order to be eligible for the next REF, the final peer-reviewed version of journal articles and conference papers (with an ISSN) must be deposited in an open access repository within three months of acceptance for publication. Although HEFCE’s policy comes into force on 1st April 2016, researchers are strongly encouraged to start depositing accepted papers now.
The message, to all academics and researchers employed by the collegiate University, is:

  • deposit all your newly-accepted journal articles and conference papers into ORA
  • do it through Symplectic Elements
  • do it within 3 months of the date of acceptance
  • start now.

The Bodleian team will check copyright and licensing conditions, create an ORA record and make the full-text available after the embargo period.
Go to Act on Acceptance to find out more and Deposit your work.
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