Leverhulme policy on open access publishing

The Trust Board is monitoring debates about, and developments in, Open Access Publishing. In keeping with its view that researchers themselves are best-placed to judge how and where to disseminate their findings, the Board has resolved to make no stipulations regarding either mandatory archiving, or open access publication. The Board has also agreed that open access charges should be a permissible expense. These should be included either within the 25% associated costs allowable on Research Project Grants and Research Programme Grants or within the research expenses category for Fellowships. However, open access charges should only be incurred during the period of a Leverhulme award, rather than being built into a budget but with anticipated expenditure after the research and award has concluded. If these costs are not incurred during the life of the grant, the funds cannot be switched to any other budget heading, and must be returned to the Trust.