If your research is funded by any of the RCUK Research Councils, then you must comply with their new Open Access Mandate, which was introduced on the 1st April 2013.
Publishing your article with PLOS ensures immediate, full compliance.
4 STEPS TO COMPLIANCE
1. Your article must be freely available online
The UK Research Councils (RCUK) require all peer-reviewed journal articles submitted for publication after 1st April 2103 to be made freely available online on publication, without delay. The RCUK’s strong preference is for ‘Gold Open Access’ (as offered by all PLOS journals), which means choosing a journal that will make your article free to access immediately on publication with unrestricted re-use of content, usually upon payment of an Article Processing Charge (APC). A ‘Green Open Access’ option is available for authors to achieve minimum level compliance, which allows deposit of the final peer-reviewed manuscript by the author or publisher into an institutional repository no later than 6-12 months after publication (or 12-24 months, if your research is funded by AHRC or ESRC).
2. Your article must be published under a CC BY licence
The Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence makes your work freely accessible online to everyone, everywhere and permits copying, distribution and reuse, subject only to crediting the original authors.
3. You must provide details of your research funding
Your published articles must include details of the funding that supported your research. You’ll be asked for this in your financial disclosure statement when submitting your work to PLOS.
4. Statement on how to access underlying research materials
Your published article must include a statement on how the underlying research materials, for example – data, samples, or models – can be accessed. This can be provided when you submit your article to PLOS.
FUNDING FOR PUBLICATION CHARGES
The cost of reviewing, editing and publishing Gold Open Access articles, such as those published by PLOS, are usually covered by an Article Processing Charge (APC). The good news for RCUK-funded researchers is that a grant has been made available to cover these costs, so in most cases your institution will pay.
For more information on the RCUK Open Access policy, please visit the RCUK site.