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Checking your journal's policy

To be able to make your articles open access you will need to know what your chosen journal will allow you to do.

This includes information on:

  • Embargo periods (is the journal embargo within the maximum stated by REF or your funder?)
  • Licences (e.g. is CC-BY allowed where an APC has been paid?)
  • What version of your article can be deposited e.g. authors accepted manuscript (AAM or post-print) is required for REF

To help you determine if your journal falls within the requirements you are trying to meet you can use the folowing JISC services:


Both RCUK and COAF have clear requirements to be able to access funding for gold OA. It is important to check carefully if you are planning to access central funding available for these funders.

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