Open Access Policy
Research funded by the British Heart
Foundation should be made freely available to the broader
scientific community and to the public to maximise its reach and
All Grantholders must therefore comply with
our Policy on Open Access, and should ensure that an
electronic copy of each primary research paper funded wholly or in
part by us is made freely available in Europe PubMed Central as
soon as possible and no later than 6 months after
Open Access Publication Policy details
1. Publishing your research
Central is a free digital archive of biomedical and
life sciences journal literature, funded by a consortium of the
leading UK and European biomedical research funders, including the
British Heart Foundation.
It provides a stable, permanent and free online digital
archive of full-text, peer-reviewed research publications. It is
based on PubMed Central (PMC) - the US National Institutes of
Health (NIH) free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences
journal literature. It also provides innovative tools and services
for the research community by integrating text mining services
which highlight and link biological entity types found within the
text of an article to external data sources.
2. Open Access publication is a condition of your grant
As a Condition of Grant we require that a copy of the
final version of each peer-reviewed primary research paper accepted
for publication, supported in whole or in part by our funding,
shall be deposited in Europe PMC, to be made freely available as
soon as possible and no later than 6 months after
We will provide the names and contact details of the
Grantholders to third parties in connection with the administration
of the Europe PMC database and website, and they may contact
Grantholders directly for such purposes.
3. Ensure your publisher supports Open Access
All of our Grantholders submitting manuscripts to journals
should find out in advance whether the publisher supports open
access and how they can comply with paragraph 2 above.
4. Open Access options
Many journals will deposit the final published version of
the article on behalf of the authors directly
into Europe PMC (or into US PubMed Central,
from where they are mirrored to Europe PMC) to be made freely
available immediately on publication (often referred to as ‘Gold’
Open Access). Journals charge an Article Processing Charge (APC)
for this option and the British Heart Foundation will pay
these costs (please read paragraph 8 on how to
reclaim these fees).
Alternatively, the journal may deposit the final, peer-reviewed
manuscript in Europe PMC to be made freely available after a 6
month embargo period (often referred to as ‘Green’ Open Access).
Usually no fee is charged for this service.
In some cases, the journal will not deposit the
article but will allow the authors to deposit a copy of the final,
peer-reviewed manuscript in Europe PMC to be made freely available
after a 6 month embargo period. Europe PMC has an
author manuscript submission system for authors to self-archive
5. Which Open Access option should I choose?
The British Heart Foundation supports immediate,
unrestricted (‘Gold’) open access to primary research articles and
will reimburse valid fees.
Some journals offer either immediate, unrestricted open access
or the option for deposition/self-archiving in Europe PMC. In these
cases, please choose the immediate, unrestricted Open
Access option. The British Heart Foundation will reimburse the
valid fees incurred.
If the journal doesn’t offer an immediate Open Access option,
your article should still be made freely available in Europe PMC no
later than six months after publication. If the journal offers a
service to deposit your article in Europe PMC, you should choose
this option. If not, you'll need to self-archive.
For your convenience we have listed the Open Access options
offered by a number of journals.
6. Which license should I choose?
In the case of immediate Open Access, the British Heart
Foundation encourages authors and publishers to license research
papers using the Creative Commons Attribution license (CC-BY). For
more information regarding licenses please visit the Creative Commons
7. Which types of publication are eligible for support?
We will, in principle, pay Open Access fees for the publication
of peer-reviewed, primary research articles funded wholly or in
part by us. We will not pay Open Access fees for review
8. Claiming Open Access fees
All full research articles arising from BHF-funded research
should acknowledge us by stating the relevant grant number. Where a
research paper has arisen from research funded by more than one
member of the Europe PMC Funders’ Group, the costs of making that
paper open access should be split proportionally between the
different funders of the research. A list of funding organisations
that support Europe PMC can be found on the Europe PMC website.
However, if other acknowledged research funders are not members
of the Europe PMC Funders' Group or the BHF is the major research
funder of the reported work, then we will pay the full Open Access
The University should pay the Open Access fees in the first
instance and then submit a claim stating the BHF grant number, the
Principal Investigator’s name and the Finance registration number
EX/07/003/24663 to us with a copy of the journal’s Open Access
invoice and a copy of the published paper.
9. Non compliance
A small number of journals remain non-compliant with this Open
Access policy. If a researcher wishes to publish a paper in a
journal that will not allow deposition in Europe PMC and
Open Access no later than 6 months of publication, a case
must be made in advance to us, which we will grant only in
10. General information on Open Access
For more general information about Open Access publication, the
Wellcome Trust has a well-developed website to guide
Further updates will follow as needed on our website. Specific
queries can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or please
call 020 7554 0434