The RCUK mandates & what it means for authors
Open Access is an important issue for journals authors. This is the idea that journal articles should be available for free, with free re-use rights. The fee to make an article open access is usually paid by the university or funder (and sometimes, the author). This policy is in contrast with journals requiring members to pay to read their issues.
If you are a UK author, you may be familiar with the Research Councils UK mandates.
For those who aren’t familiar, if you get funding from several organizations (MRC, BBSRC, AHRC, ESRC, EPSRC, NERC, STFC), you need to conform to the RCUK Open Access policies.
Here is a video explaining the policies and how to comply with them.
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