Charities Open Access Fund (COAF) authors

COAF have disbanded and the charities have changed how they provide support.

Researchers funded by these organisations should contact them to arrange payment:

  • Versus Arthritis
  • Blood Cancer UK
  • Parkinson’s UK

Researchers funded by the following organisations should continue to contact the library. Funding will be arranged on a case by case basis:

  • Wellcome Trust
  • British Heart Foundation
  • Cancer Research UK

Open access funding

Research Councils and COAF funding for gold open access


The University has limited funding available to cover gold open access publication costs for articles published by Bristol authors which acknowledge funding from the Research Councils or COAF.

To be eligible for funding, articles must:

  • Be peer reviewed and not commissioned;
  • Acknowledge funding from at least one Research Council, CR UK or Wellcome;
  • Have a corresponding author affiliated to the University of Bristol;
  • Be published under a CC BY attribution licence in a journal which complies with your funder's requirements. Papers published under other licences (e.g. CC BY-NC) are not eligible for funding.

In addition Open Access funding can generally only be provided to UK Research Council funded authors if they are publishing in Open Access Journals where payment of an Article Processing Charge is the only route to publication.

We can only fund publications in Hybrid journals (i.e. Journals which offer Gold open access as an option, but also charge institutions a subscription fee) in exceptional circumstances and have very limited funding to support this. Please email if you think this might apply to you. See also the note on Gold open access for authors without funding at the bottom of this page for other possibilities.

Apply for gold open access funding

Make a claim

If your paper meets the criteria above, follow these steps to apply for gold open access funding:

  1. Check that the journal you want to publish in complies with your funders’ requirements for gold open access: this can done via Sherpa/FACT
  2. Before you sign any agreement with the publisher, complete an open access claim form to log your claim. The Open Access Team will check your request, notify you whether your claim has been accepted, and provide you with further instructions.
  3. When your claim has been accepted, submit the relevant request-to-publish forms to the publisher. You should select CC BY attribution as the publication licence to comply with funder requirements.
  4. If you receive any subsequent correspondence from the publisher about the payment (e.g. invoices, payment links), please forward this on to the Open Access Team:

Gold open access for authors without Research Councils or COAF funding

If your research is not funded by one of the Research Councils or by a COAF body, the University may have arrangements with your publisher which cover the publication costs or entitle you to a discounted publication fee. Please email for more information.

Authors not funded by a Research Council or COAF body, who wish to publish via gold open access, can also contact their department or research funder to see if alternative funding is available. Authors may also contact publishers directly to enquire about publication charge reductions or waivers for those without funding.

Open access claim form

Make a claim for gold publication of Research Council, CRUK or Wellcome funded papers.

Page, colour and other publication charges (including membership) remain the responsibility of the author or department.

Check your journal

Check to see if a journal meets funder open access conditions.

  • Sherpa/FACT- checks journals meet the Research Councils and COAF funder requirements
  • Sherpa/RoMEO- details of the self-archiving policies for thousands of journals
  • Sherpa/JULIET- summarises open access requirements for many major funders

Contact us

Open Access team

Research Support Librarians
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