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Funding bodies, policies and compliance

A number of funders require research articles which have resulted from their funding to be made open access. SAGE helps authors comply with these mandates either via the gold open access publication route or green open access archiving.

Funder Agencies' Open Access Mandates

Please check with your funder if there is a mandate to publish your research open access and the criteria for compliance. There are other resources which may also be helpful:

Compliance via Gold Open Access Publication

Many funders include open access publishing fees or article publishing charges (APCs) within the research grant or by bloc grants directly allocated to institutions. Upon acceptance, authors will be given the option to make the article open access either by:

  • Publishing in fully gold open access journals where all the content is open access for an APC is charged. See a full list of SAGE’s Pure Gold OA Journals.
  • Or, making their article immediately available open access on payment of an APC in an otherwise subscription-based journals via the SAGE Choice program.

Some funding institutions require authors who opt for gold open access publication to pick a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence to be compliant with their mandate. SAGE offers a choice of Creative Commons licences to authors who opt for gold open access publication in most OA journals. In order to comply with a funder which required CC BY licencing, authors are asked to select the CC BY option on the licence form after acceptance of the manuscript. All other funded authors should select the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial licence (CC BY-NC) where available.

The following funding institutions require grantees who publish their work immediately gold open access to pick a CC BY licence. N.B. This is not an exhaustive list. 

  • Arthritis Research UK*
  • Austrian Science Fund (FWF)
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Bloodwise*
  • Breast Cancer Now
  • British Heart Foundation*
  • Cancer Research UK*
  • Dunhill Medical Trust
  • Department of Health, UK
  • European Commission - Seventh Research Framework Programme (FP7)
  • Ford Foundation
  • Foundation for Science and Technology, Portugal (FCT)
  • The Francis Crick Institute
  • Helmholtz Association
  • International Development Research Centre
  • National Centre for the Replacement Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (Nc3rs)
  • National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
  • Parkinson’s UK*
  • Prostate Cancer UK
  • Research Council of Lithuania
  • Research Councils UK (RCUK), including AHRC, BBSRC, ESRC, EPSRC, MRC, NERC, STFC
  • Telethon Foundation, Italy
  • Vetenskapsrådet (Swedish Research Council)
  • Wellcome Trust*
  • World Health Organisation
  • Worldwide Cancer Research


*Wellcome Trust Open Access Policy

SAGE is fully compliant with the Charity Open Access Fund Open Access Policy (COAF) of which Wellcome Trust  is part of. Any article published by SAGE that has had an Article Processing Charge (APC) funded by COAF will be published under a Creative Commons, Attribution (CC BY) licence, Version 4 (effective 1st April 2017) and will be automatically deposited in PubMed Central (PMC) on behalf of the author without embargo. Read the full Policy here >>

Compliance via Green Open Access archiving

Authors may be able to comply with funder mandates by archiving their work in an institutional or subject repository following SAGE’s open access archiving policy.

For SAGE subscription journals, the embargo on subject repository archiving is 12 months. Therefore, for any funder which requires deposit after 12 months, the author can publish in any SAGE subscription journal at no cost. If the funder requires deposit in less than 12 months then authors will need to publish in a pure gold open access journal and pick the correct licence to be compliant.