FUNDERS’ ACTION PLAN
The delivery of the Funders’ Action Plan will be managed by the UKPMC Funders’ Group.
1. Improving access to funding
Funders must be explicit about how researchers and institutions can access funding for OA.
Research Councils should provide clearer guidance about how publication costs can beclaimed, through either direct costs or indirect costs. Specific proposals include:
develop advice about the inclusion of publication costs within indirect costs, to addressconcerns that papers are often published after the lifetime of a grant.
include a specific line in application forms to include the costs of publications.
2. Communications / improving researchers’ understanding of how to make articles OA
All communications from funders should articulate the benefits of open access and UKPMC,explaining to researchers that there is value to them (and to the research community moregenerally) in complying.
Funders should work with the UKPMC Engagement team to increase publicity at researchconferences and to better target junior researchers.
Communications activities should continue throughout the year, with a particular focus inJanuary / February and over the summer.
3. Monitoring compliance / enforcing sanctions
Funders should develop processes to monitor (and enforce) compliance at the time of repeatapplications. Proposals should be considered by the usual processes but, where an applicationis successful, funding should be withheld until the researcher has demonstrated that allpublications from previous (eligible) grants are available in UKPMC.
Funders should encourage use of the grant reporting tool on UKPMC to track publications, forexample in end of grant report forms. This would help demonstrate the benefits of UKPMC, aswell as being a more efficient way of monitoring compliance and tracking grant outputs.
Funders should consider ways to monitor compliance at an institution level – either through theGrant Reporting tool, or through internal processes.
4. Working with publishers
Funders should reconvene the Publishers’ Panel, and explore other mechanisms of workingwith publishers, to ensure the aims of thePublishers’ Action Planare met.
5. Working with institutions
Funders will establish an Insitutions’ Panel, and explore other ways of working with institutionsto ensure the aims of theInstituions’ Action Planare met.Page 2 of 5