Open access publishing for researchers

We expect the ideas and knowledge gained through the research we fund to be shared as widely as possible.

Our grantholders are required to publish any papers that result from Parkinson's UK funding in open access journals and to inform us of accepted papers in advance of publication.

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.

That's why we're a member of the Charity Open Access Fund.

Tell us about your publications

Parkinson's UK grantholders are required to tell us about any new papers in advance of publication. 

This means we can share the news with people affected by Parkinson's and gives us time to work with you to prepare a press release. Read more about why this is important.

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Charity Open Access Fund

What is it?

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.

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.

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Open Access Policy and FAQs (PDF, 256KB)