Open Access funding

Funding is available for Open Access publishing depending on how your research was funded. We currently have four Open Access funds available:

Information on how each fund is allocated, eligibility criteria, and how to apply, is listed below. Please read the eligibility criteria carefully before applying for funding. Each request will be assessed against this criteria.

UKRI block grant

UKRI provides the University with a block grant to cover the costs of Open Access for research outputs acknowledging funding from the Research Councils. The money is paid to the University every April and is allocated throughout the year by the Open Access Team in the Library. From 1st January 2021, the fund can only be used to pay for publishing in Fully Open Access journals that are listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).

The following publication types can usually be funded:

  • Original research journal articles
  • Non-commissioned review articles
  • Case reports
  • Conference proceedings
  • Monographs

Please contact the Open Access Team for all other types of publications.

The following types of charges can usually be covered:

  • Article processing charges (APCs)
  • Other publication charges only where they are associated with payment for Open Access

Eligibility criteria:

  • Research Council funding must be properly acknowledged in the output.
  • The corresponding author must be a researcher at the University of Liverpool (staff member or PGR student), or the grant must be held here.
  • We cannot use the fund for those on honorary contracts.
  • The output cannot have already been published.
  • The output must be made available with the CC-BY licence.

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Institutional Open Access Fund

The University makes Open Access funding available for those whose research has not been externally funded. The fund is made available in August each year and is allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis by the Open Access Team in the Library until the fund is exhausted. The fund can only be used to pay for publishing in Fully Open Access journals that are listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).

The fund is limited and so we ask researchers to make use of it in a fair and equitable way. Authors should ideally not have more than five pending requests at any one time, apart from in exceptional circumstances.

If your article is not accepted, please notify the Open Access Team so that the money that was committed for your publication can be freed up for other researchers to use.

The following publication types can usually be funded:

  • Original research journal articles
  • Non-commissioned review articles
  • Case reports
  • Book chapters
  • Monographs

The following types of charges can usually be covered:

  • Article processing charges (APCs)

Eligibility criteria:

  • The corresponding author must be a researcher at the University of Liverpool (staff member or PGR student) and their affiliation must be the University of Liverpool.
  • We cannot use the fund for those on honorary contracts.
  • The output cannot have already been published.
  • The output must be made available with the CC-BY licence.

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Wellcome Trust Fund

The University receives a block grant from the Wellcome Trust to cover the cost of Open Access for publications arising from research funded either wholly or in part from Wellcome Trust funding. Funding is received in October and allocated throughout the year by the Open Access Team in the Library. From 1st January 2021, the fund can only be used to pay for publishing in Fully Open Access journals that are listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).

The following publication types can usually be funded:

  • Original research journal articles
  • Non-commissioned review articles
  • Case reports
  • Book chapters
  • Monographs

Only article processing charges (APCs) can be funded; other publication charges cannot be paid for.

Eligibility criteria:

  • The publication must be reporting on research funded either wholly or in part by the Wellcome Trust
  • The corresponding author must be a researcher at the University of Liverpool (staff member or PGR student) or the grant holder must be based here.
  • We cannot use the fund for those on honorary contracts.
  • The output cannot have already been published.
  • The output must be made available with the CC-BY licence.

Please note that from January 2021, the fund cannot be used to pay for APCs in hybrid journals.

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Cancer Research UK funding

The University receives a block grant from Cancer Research UK to cover the cost of Open Access for publications where Cancer Research UK funding is acknowledged. Funding is received in October and allocated throughout the year by the Open Access Team in the Library.

The following publication type can usually be funded:

  • Original research journal articles

Only article processing charges (APCs) can be funded; other publication charges cannot be paid for.

Eligibility criteria:

  • The publication must acknowledge Cancer Research UK funding.
  • The corresponding author must be a researcher at the University of Liverpool (staff member or PGR student) or the grant holder must be based here.
  • We cannot use the fund for those on honorary contracts.
  • The output cannot have already been published.
  • The output must be made available with the CC-BY licence.

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How to apply

Please complete the Open Access Payment Request form. The Open Access Team will respond to your request within one working day. Confirmation of funding and further information on how to proceed with the publisher will then be provided.

For hybrid journals, you should complete the request form when your paper has been accepted. For Fully Open Access journals, please complete the request form prior to submission. Please do not request an invoice before completing the form and receiving confirmation from the Open Access Team that your request can be funded.  For Open Access funding for monographs, please contact the Open Access Team for information on how to proceed.