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RCUK Open Access Funding Request Form

Update 05/02/2018: We are sorry to report that this year’s RCUK Block Grant has been completely spent so there are no longer funds to support new requests for open access publication fees (APCs) for the majority of publishers.

We do not expect to receive the next block grant until April at the earliest. Until that time the fund will only be able to support open access charges with the following publishers with whom we hold existing agreements : BMJ, IEEE, Springer, Taylor & Francis, and Wiley. For all these publishers the standard RCUK requirements will still need to be met and this form should be completed as usual.

In addition the agreement with Springer allows for eligible papers (RCUK funded or not) to be made open access in one of their Open Choice journals without the payment of an APC, as these have been pre-funded. For more details on eligibility for this deal please see the OA discounts and deals page at:

If your paper is RCUK funded it could still be compliant via the Green Route, i.e. without the payment of an APC and by depositing a copy of the accepted manuscript in the Institutional Repository upon acceptance. If you need to check whether your paper can still meet the RCUK requirements please complete the form, or alternatively contact

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