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The Department of Health and Social Care and the NIHR require that NIHR-funded researchers seek to publish their research outputs in a peer reviewed journal that is compliant with the policy on Open Access (see link below).


Research articles, non-commissioned reviews and final reports/executive summaries to be made available through Europe PMC within 6 months of publication, via Green or Gold OA.

The ‘one main research article’ per NIHR grant should be made Gold OA with a CC BY licence.

Grant-funded researchers should budget Gold fees in grant applications, or use any underspend on existing grants. Otherwise, researchers should apply for additional funding from NIHR.

NIHR Researchers should note that there is no cost for publishing in one of the NIHR fully open access journals.



The CLAHRC Oxford funding processes allowed costs for one open access publication to be included in the application up to the value of £1,500 per publication.

If a CLAHRC project requires funding for additional open access publications, please contact the CLAHRC Programme Manager via the CLAHRC generic email address (, attaching a copy of the paper.

Funding for each additional publication will be reviewed by the Director and the researcher notified of funding within five days of receipt.

New for 2019

Publications of Oxford CLAHRC research is currently financially supported for the first or primary findings paper of each project. Funding for further, high impact, articles will be considered during the final phase.

It is expected that:

  • The applicant is named on the research publication.
  • The Theme lead supports the publication, journal choice and application for funds.
  • The journal is recognised as relevant to the field of research and likely to promote the dissemination of CLAHRC research.
  • As specified for all CLAHRC papers, the funding will be acknowledged in the manuscript

Applications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.  Funding must be spent by September 2019.

For more detail on the NIHR's Open Access Policy click here.