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Open access funding

Arthritis Research UK is the charity dedicated to stopping the devastating impact that arthritis has on people’s lives. We are committed to ensuring that the published results of the research we fund are made as freely and widely available as possible. Open access is an important means of maximising the impact of our research, which facilitates the sharing of knowledge amongst the scientific community and enables our supporters to access the research they fund.

Arthritis Research UK offers to pay open access fees if the grant-holder’s institution does not have open access funding arrangements, where researchers are not eligible to apply to the charity open access fund and when the research is attributable wholly or substantially to Arthritis Research UK funding.

Please note that where research is supported by multiple funders researchers should see if the full costs of the article can be supported by one or more of the other funders. If work has also been supported by the Wellcome Trust, MRC, BBSRC, or the Department of Health, they also provide costs to support open access and should be approached first to see if they will cover the costs.

Please refer to our open access policy for more information and a step by step guide to making your paper open access.

How to apply for open access funding

You may apply for open access funding at any time during or after the completion of a grant. This is a two stage process- intent and final stages.

To apply:
  1. access the relevant grant details in Grant Tracker
  2. Find the relevant grant record, then select ‘Additional awards’ from the left hand tool bar
  3. Select ‘Open access charges from the drop-down list headed ‘New award application’

It is important that open access invoices are addressed to Arthritis Research UK, not to the grant-holder.

If you require assistance or advice about the application process or further information about our open access policy, please contact

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