Open Access Training at Oxford – Hilary Term 2016

Open Access Training Hilary Term 2016

iSkills ’Open Access Oxford – what’s happening?’ This 1 hour session covers the basics about OA, how to handle funder requirements such as RCUK and Wellcome Trust (and block grants), and the all-important ‘Act on Acceptance’ for open access and the next REF. Book here:

When: Thurs 21 January, 11.00-12.00; Thurs 18 Feb, 14.00-15.00; Tue 1 March, 11.00-12.00.

Where: Radcliffe Science Library, Parks Road.

Drop-in surgeries

ORA and ORA Data staff are again holding weekly drop-ins to provide one-to-one help with all things Open Access and Research Data.

When: 11.30-13.30 every Monday of term (18 Jan – 29 Feb 2016).

Where: the Centre for Digital Scholarship, on the first floor of the Weston Library.

RCUK Open Access Block Grant: Internal Process Simplified

The RCUK Open Access Block Grant to Oxford is available and easy to apply for. The University Research Committee recently agreed to simplify the application process; sign-off from the Head of Department is no longer necessary.

Oxford staff and students can apply for funds to pay an Article Processing Charge (APC) or article-related charges for papers submitted for publication on/after 1st April 2013,

  • If they do not have such funding on the relevant RCUK program, project, fellowship or student grant from RCUK awarded prior to 1 April 2013


  • If they hold a new RCUK award commencing on or after 1 April 2013

For a brief summary of the requirements set by each of the Research Councils, please see

Questions can be posted via

RCUK will in summer 2014 audit compliance with its policy which requires that for peer-reviewed papers submitted for publication after 1st April 2013 which are based in whole or part on RCUK-funded research, authors must

  1. Make their paper Open Access either via the payment of an APC or by placing the author accepted manuscript in a recognised subject-based or institutional repository (such as the Oxford Research Archive)
  2. Acknowledge the source of funding that supported the research i.e. funder and grant number where applicable.
  3. If applicable, include a statement on how the underlying research materials such as data, samples or models, can be accessed.