Leverhulme Trust open access policy

The Leverhulme Trust does not currently require either mandatory archiving, or open access publication for research outputs. However you are permitted to include open access charges as an expense.

How do I comply?

You can make your work open access via publishing open access in a journal or publishing platform or self-archiving a version of the work (green open access).

Publishing open access in a journal or publishing platform (gold open access)

If the chosen journal is not part of an institutional publisher agreement, you are permitted to include open access charges as an expense.

  • OA charges should be included either within the 25% associated costs allowable on Research Project Grants and Research Programme Grants or within the research expenses category for Fellowships.
  • OA charges should only be incurred during the period of a Leverhulme award, rather than being built into a budget but with anticipated expenditure after the research and award has concluded.
  • If OA costs are not incurred during the life of the grant, the funds cannot be switched to any other budget heading, and must be returned to the Trust.

On publication, you are also encouraged by the University to deposit a copy of the final PDF of your 'gold' OA publication into University of Birmingham Research Archive (UBIRA), using PURE.

Self-archiving (green open access)

Leverhulme Trust permits self-archiving (green open access).

Use Sherpa Romeo to check your publishers’ policy is compatible with your funders self-archiving policy.

To self-archive, deposit the Accepted Author Manuscript (AAM) of your publication using Pure immediately on acceptance. Ensure your publication is linked to the grant using the ‘Projects’ link in PURE.

  • The accepted version is also known as the authors final manuscript, or post print.
  • It is the version after peer review and before final publisher formatting or copy-editing.

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