A new policy on free and open access to the outputs of publicly funded research has recently been introduced by Research Councils UK. Publicly funded research can only be published in outlets that:
• Provide immediate and unrestricted access to its articles (which may involve payment of an article processing charge). These can be Open Access journals or subscription journals offering an Open Access option.
• OR where a publisher does not offer this, allow deposit in an appropriate repository (institutional and/or subject) within six or twelve months depending on the Research Council.
Does this mean that “top” journals can no longer publish funded research? Get ready for the flood of submissions ephemera board!