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Scholarly Communication

 

Why no list?

Many researchers ask for a list of non-compliant journals. We have not provided this for several reasons, not least it is inappropriate to suggest that particular journals are ‘better’ than others. 

The SHERPA/FACT Funders & Authors Compliance Tool  can help researchers determine whether their chosen journal will allow them to comply with the particular funder. 

We strongly advise that researchers simply upload their manuscripts, as the Open Access team is highly skilled in this area, and can easily resolve any issues.

What happens if my journal is not compliant?

Note, that if a researcher publishes in a journal where compliance with the HEFCE policy is not possible due to the publisher conditions, we note this as an exception for HEFCE. By submitting manuscripts to www.openaccess.cam.ac.uk  researchers complete their compliance requirements for the post2014 Research Excellence Framework as HEFCE exceptions are allowed.

If a researcher publishes in a journal where compliance with the RCUK policy or COAF policy is not possible due to the publisher conditions, we note this as failure with the policy. 

Examples

To provide an example of how complex this area can be, consider the following scenarios.

Scenario 1

A researcher is funded by Wellcome Trust and wants to publish in the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. She uploads her manuscript to www.openaccess.cam.ac.uk and the Open Access team deposits it into Apollo - the University repository – with a 12 month embargo to comply with HEFCE’s requirements for the post2014 REF. They check the conditions of the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology and pay the article processing charge to make the work open access to comply with Wellcome Trust conditions.

Scenario 2

A researcher is funded by MRC and wants to publish in JAMA Psychiatry. She uploads her manuscript to www.openaccess.cam.ac.uk and the Open Access team deposits it into Apollo - the University repository – with a 12 month embargo to comply with HEFCE’s requirements for the post2014 REF. They check the conditions of JAMA Psychiatry and determine that there is no option to make the article open access with that publisher. The Open Access team notes this article as with a failure with the funder’s requirements.

Scenario 3

A researcher is not funded and wants to publish in Economics Letters. He uploads his manuscript to www.openaccess.cam.ac.uk and the Open Access team deposits it into Apollo  - the University repository – with a 36 month embargo as allowed by the publisher. This embargo does not meet the HEFCE requirements and this paper is marked as a HEFCE exception but remains eligible for the post2014 REF.