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Open access publishing - for researchers


We expect the new ideas and knowledge gained from Parkinson's research that we've funded to be published in high-quality, peer-reviewed journals and shared as widely as possible through free, unrestricted online access.

We believe the best way to advance research is to share papers as widely as possible through free, unrestricted, online access.

This means that the research we fund can be used to its best advantage by researchers all over the world, to the ultimate benefit of people affected by Parkinson's.

All of our grant holders are required to publish any papers that result from Parkinson's UK funded research in open access journals.

That's why we're a member of the Charity Open Access Fund (as of 1 October 2015).

The Charity Open Access Fund

The Charity Open Access Fund (COAF) is a fund to provide financial support for immediate gold open access of peer reviewed original research articles and non-commissioned reviews accepted for publication on or after 1 October 2015.

This pilot scheme is a partnership between medical research charities and is administered by the Wellcome Trust.

How do I access it?

Researchers must be based at one of the participating UK institutions and the fund takes the form of a block grant to each institution.

To claim from COAF, authors should contact their institution directly. If authors are unsure who the appropriate contact at their institution is, please email the Wellcome Trust at

What if my institution is not included?

  • Authors who receive funding from us, but who aren't based at an institution that receives support from COAF, may use any unspent grant money to pay for APCs or contact us at to discuss their situation. 
  • Alternatively, authors can comply with our policy by self-archiving their publication in Europe PubMed Central (Europe PMC) within 6 months of publication.

Tell us about your publications

Parkinson's UK grant holders are also required to tell us about any new papers in advance of publication by contacting us at

Further information

For more information on our open access policy, please see:

If you have queries, please contact

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