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Open Access Publishing: Research Funders

The Glucksman Library's guide to assist researchers to publish their work Open Access

Funder Requirements


All major Irish and European funders require some form of Open Access to research outputs that have been funded by the research grants.

Listed are some of the leading Irish funder's Open Access policies...

And some major European funders…

All funder's Open Access policies can be queried using the "Sherpa/Juliet" service. 

Plan S

Plan S, an initiative of cOALition S, was launched in September 2018 with the goal of achieving full and immediate open access to publications. COAlition S comprises a group of research funders that has committed to implementing Plan S, and aims to accelerate the transition to a scholarly publishing system characterised by immediate and free online access to scholarly publications.

To date, the list of funders that support COAlition S includes Science Foundation Ireland, UK Research & Innovation, WHO and Wellcome Trust.

Plan S Principles & Implementation

Plan S compliance

There are three main routes to Plan S compliance:

  1. Publication in fully open access journals or platforms
  2. Publication in ‘hybrid’ journals (i.e. open access within a subscription journal) only under transformative agreements or for transformative journals. The library's list of publishers/journals it has Transformative Open Access agreements with is available here
  3. Deposit of Versions of Record (VoR) or Author Accepted Manuscript (AAM) in open access repositories without embargo and licensed with CC BY or CC BY SA (or CC BY SA ND on a case by case basis). This is possible under the Plan S Rights Retention Strategy.

If you wish to pursue the green route of Open Access the following tools may help you