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 members of the Charity Open Access Fund and AMRC Open Research.

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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 [email protected].


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 [email protected] 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.

Failing to comply with the Parkinson’s UK grants terms and conditions may result in a request being turned down.

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What is it?

AMRC Open Research is a new publishing platform developed through a collaboration between 23 members of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC).

The platform allows researchers funded by the participating charities to rapidly publish all research outputs supported by the underlying data. AMRC Open Research will follow an open access model allowing immediate publication with open, invited peer review and post review indexing in standard global scientific databases.


How do I access it?

The key criteria for publication are:

  • At least 1 author on the research article must be formally affiliated with Parkinson's UK funding. This can be any type of research grant.

  • Current and past grant holders are eligible to publish research which arises from their Parkinson's UK funding.

  • Parkinson's UK-funded PhD students are welcome to publish on their own provided their supervisor endorses the paper prior to publication. 

For more information please go to the AMRC Open Research website.

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.