Wellcome Trust

The Wellcome Trust's Open Access policy is changing...

The Wellcome Trust's new open access policy will apply to papers submitted from 1 January 2021. The Library will continue to administer block grant funds for Wellcome-funded papers that meet the new policy's criteria. Please contact the Open Access team for more information at

Policy highlights: 

  • All research articles submitted from 1 January 2021 must be made freely available in PMC/Europe PMC at the time of publication
  • All research articles must have a CC-BY licence applied unless an exception has been agreed to allow publication under a CC BY-ND licence
  • The 6 months embargo period previously allowed is no longer permitted
  • OA publication costs in hybrid journals will no longer be funded (unless the journal is included in a Transformative Deal)
  • Authors will retain copyright in line with the Plan S 'Rights Retention Strategy'
  • All research articles supported in whole or in part by Wellcome must include a data statement in line with policy on data, software, materials management and sharing

Conditions of publication/payment

Grant holders must include the following statement on all submissions of original research to peer reviewed journals:

"This research was funded in whole, or in part, by the Wellcome Trust [Grant number]. For the purpose of Open Access, the author has applied a CC BY public copyright licence to any Author Accepted Manuscript version arising from this submission."

Wellcome will provide further information on their updated list of compliant publishers, as well as guidance on the application of licenses at the grant level. 

Plan S has released their journal checker tool, which will assist Wellcome Trust funded researchers to determine whether their preferred journal offers a Wellcome-compliant publishing route. Please be aware that the checker is still in beta. 

More information:

Frequently asked questions

Rights Retention Strategy

Please contact the Open Access team if you need further information, or check out the Wellcome pages here