The Wellcome Trust's Open Access Policy applies to:
They state that "The overarching aim of our open access (OA) policy is to make sure that knowledge and discoveries resulting from our funding are shared and used in a way that maximises their benefit to health."
Wellcome’s current Open Access Policy applies to articles submitted for publication from 1st January 2021.
All original, peer-reviewed research articles that are supported in whole, or in part, by Wellcome must be:
Where there are multiple partners involved, all research articles supported in whole, or in part, by Wellcome must be compliant with this policy.
Route 1: Publish in a fully OA journal or platform.
Route 2: Publish in a subscription journal and take responsibility for making the Author Accepted Manuscript (AAM) freely available from Europe PMC at the time of publication (with a compliant Creative Commons licence).
Route 3: Publish in a subscription journal through a transitional agreement that is available to you via your organisation - you will find details of the deals that Durham is currently part of here.
Detailed guidance on each of these routes can be found on Wellcome's webpages..
To help to ensure compliance:
The Rights Retention statement must be added to your submitted manuscript even if you are publishing in a fully gold open access journal.
'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 information on Rights Retention can be found on the Plan S Website.
The Journal Checker Tool was updated on 13th October 2021 and you should now find the guidance on how to comply with your funder's requirements much clearer. If you have any questions please do still get in touch and we will do all we can to help.
The Library receives a small Block Grant Award from the Wellcome Trust. This award is to fund open access publishing costs for original research papers which have been supported in whole or in part by Wellcome, and published in line with their Open Access policy.
The process for applying for costs associated with monographs / book chapters remains unchanged and authors should liaise with Wellcome directly. Please see the guidance on Wellcome's webpages about this.
The Block Grant cannot be used to cover any non-OA publication costs (e.g. page or colour charges).
Full guidance on funding is available via Wellcome here.
How to request APC funds
You can use the journal checker tool to initially check that your journal is compliant with Wellcome's policy.
Contact email@example.com to request funding with the following information (prior to submitting your article):
To ensure that the article can be funded from the grant it is advised that you get in touch at the point of submission. Checks can then be carried out on the journal and we can advise you if there are any potential compliance issues.
Monographs and book chapters are in-scope of Wellcome's Open Access Policy:
Our open access policy applies to all original scholarly monographs and book chapters authored or co-authored by Wellcome grantholders as part of their grant-funded research. The policy does not apply to textbooks, ‘trade’ books, general reference works or works of fiction, or to collections edited, but not authored, by Wellcome grantholders.
How to comply:
You will find full details and guidance in relation to this on Wellcome's webpages.
The Block Grant Award that we receive from Wellcome does not cover open access fees for monographs or book chapters. Wellcome will cover eligible fees, however, and you will find more guidance on what is available and how to apply for these funds here.