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Step by step guide to making your paper open access

Step 1

Prior to submission, check that the journal in which you wish to publish offers an open access option that complies with Arthritis Research UK policy. The SHERPA/RoMEO database provides information about journal open access policies in relation to funders’ grant conditions.

Step 2

Ensure that the paper is attributed to Arthritis Research UK funding, and that the grant reference number is accurately cited. If the journal does not provide a template for this information, the following wording is recommended:
‘This work was supported by Arthritis Research UK [grant number xxxx]’

Step 3

Authors can comply with the Arthritis Research UK open access policy via a number of different routes depending on the options offered by your journal of choice:
  • Publish in an open access journal
  • The journal you have chosen automatically deposits your article into PubMed Central (PMC) or Europe PMC
  • Author self-deposits the manuscript into Europe PMC
  • Author pays for deposition into Europe PMC

Some of these options may incur an article processing charge (APC). If you are compliant with Arthritis Research UK’s policy on open access we may be able to provide support for this APC.

Step 4

Support for APCs is offered via two routes:

  1. The Charity Open Access Fund (COAF)
  2. Open access application to Arthritis Research UK using GrantTracker

Researchers at these host institutions are eligible for COAF.

Researchers at other institutions should apply for support for APCs via GrantTracker

Where research is supported by multiple funders please see if the full costs of the article can be supported by one or more of the other funders.

Step 5

For researchers eligible for COAF:

Please contact your institutional administrators who can advise you on how to access the fund. Further information can be found at Wellcome Trust 

For questions please contact:
For researchers applying to Arthritis Research UK for Open Access Support, please visit the grant holder grants you can apply for.

For questions please contact:

Step 6

Please inform us directly as soon as a paper is accepted for publication. Please email  
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