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Imperial restricts payments for open-access papers

Imperial College London has announced that it cannot pay all the open-access charges for papers stemming from research funded by UK Research and Innovation.

The university is asking researchers who lose out on open-access funding to self-archive their work instead. Its decision, announced on 1 May, means that it will only pay fees for publishing in journals that are fully open access or where the publication does not provide an appropriate route to ‘green’ open-access, where researchers self-archive a version of their paper in an open repository.

Work funded by the research councils must be made open access, but at what point after publication varies between councils. Papers must also be open access to be eligible for the next Research Excellence Framework (REF), which determines a portion of university income.

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