We’ll be updating our grant conditions before January 2021 with the aim of ensuring that our grantholders, and anyone supported/associated with the grant, can publish in any journal they choose and remain fully compliant with our new OA policy.
By accepting our grant conditions, grantholders agree to make their research articles OA in line with our policy. However, when grantholders submit their articles for publication, they are often asked to sign a publishing agreement that gives away their rights to deposit them in an OA repository, and to publish under a public copyright – CC BY – licence. This makes compliance with our OA policy difficult or impossible.
Under the updated conditions, grantholders will automatically apply a CC BY licence to all future author accepted manuscripts reporting original research supported in whole, or in part, by our grant funding. This will ensure they are compliant with our OA policy.
The approach has been endorsed by cOAlition S funders(opens in a new tab).
Read our open access policy 2021 to find out more.
Last year we defined a set of objectives for our updated OA policy. At its core, and consistent with our policy over the past 13 years, we want to make sure that the knowledge and discoveries which result from our funding are made freely available and used in a way that maximises their benefit to health.
We also want our OA policy to:
We remain committed to these core principles, but have updated our policy to be in full alignment with the latest Plan S guidance(opens in a new tab). The updated OA policy will apply to all research articles submitted for publication from 1 January 2021. Until then, researchers must continue to use our current policy.
We’re not changing our policy for monographs and book chapters – but we are keeping it under review.
These are the key changes to our OA policy.
This is a new requirement which will make sure that important research findings are shared as soon possible and before peer review.
To help us carry out the review, we surveyed Wellcome grantholders and ran an open consultation to allow others to share their views. We also organised an evidence session to hear from representatives at key publishers, organisations and funders.
One of the key messages from grantholders was that our OA policy should be aligned with those of other funders.
We’re pleased to say that the updated policy is fully in line with Plan S(opens in a new tab), the OA policy framework developed by the European Commission and Science Europe. Plan S is endorsed by major funders, including UK Research and Innovation, the European Commission and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
In aligning with Plan S, we will also join cOAlition S(opens in a new tab) and work in partnership with our funding partners in Europe and beyond to support a transition to full, unrestricted and immediate access to all research articles.