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 help you to cover your open access costs and we are members of AMRC Open Research.


The Charity Open Access Fund (COAF) ended on 30 September 2020

COAF relied on all partners sharing a common open access (OA) policy. This will no longer be the case from January 2021 when Wellcome implements its Plan S-aligned OA policy. Consequently, COAF ended on 30 September 2020.

All partners are committed to open access and will continue to fund open access costs for the researchers they support.

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AMRC Open Research is an open research publishing platform, offering rapid publication of articles and other research outputs funded by AMRC member charities.

As a Parkinson’s UK-funded researcher, your article will benefit from transparent, post-publication peer review and editorial guidance on making all source data openly available. AMRC Open Research advocates for reproducibility and transparency in research, welcoming confirmatory and negative results, as well as null studies. All research is suitable irrespective of the perceived level of interest or novelty and articles are published without editorial bias.

Publishing your work open access means it’s available for anyone, anywhere to read. This can help increase readership and drive its wider impact. There are also exciting benefits that AMRC Open Research can bring, with its innovative open access publishing model providing new opportunities for publishing your work. 

The innovative AMCR Open Research publishing model allows for rapid publication. You could see your article published online in a fully citable format in just 14 days. So, you can get your research to the people who need it, quickly, and your research can start making a difference.

All content published on AMRC Open Research is fully open access, including source data. Its open data policy means that all articles should include citations to repositories that host the data underlying the results, together with details of any software used to process results. 

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Parkinson's UK encourage grant applicants to include open access costs within their research grant applications. Grantholders are also able to use the underspend on current grants to cover open access costs, after seeking prior permission to do so.

Authors may also 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.

Open access policy

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.