Publications and Open Access
04 Sep 2013



All research publications must comply with the UK Research Councils’ policy on open access and acknowledge use of the facility.




Policy summary
(see below for details)

• Research performed at ISIS is publicly-funded (unless directly paid for by industry or an overseas partner). Therefore the UK Research Councils’ policy on open access for publications applies.

• For publications with a UK corresponding author, that author should apply to their home institution for funds to cover article charges to make the paper fully open access (‘gold route’) . Where these funds are not available, the ‘green’ route for the relevant journal and/or STFC’s ePubs system (or a similar university system or arXiv) should be used.

Related to this page is the ISIS Data Policy and the use of Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) created for ISIS data​.

The UK government, through Research Councils UK (RCUK), is committed to providing greater access to the outputs of publicly funded research, by mandating an Open Access policy on all such research. The policy aims to achieve “immediate, unrestricted, on‐line access to peer-reviewed and published research papers, free of any access charge.” These requirements apply to all government funded research published after 1 April 2013. As ISIS is a largely publicly-funded facility, papers resulting from work at ISIS fall within the RCUK’s open access policy.

Routes to Open Access
There are two main routes to achieving open access:
1. ‘Gold’: the journal provides immediate and unrestricted access to the final published version of the paper via its own website. The journal should also allow immediate deposit of the paper in other repositories. This is often achieved through payment of an Article Processing Charge (APC) to the publisher prior to publication (but after acceptance).
1. ‘Green’: the journal consents to the deposit of the accepted manuscript (the version of the journal article submitted by the author that has been through the peer review process) in any repository within a defined period (often 6 months or a year). No APC is payable to the publisher.

RCUK policy
RCUK policy gives a preference for the Gold route. To this end they have provided block grants to institutions whose staff are funded by research council grants to cover the cost of APCs. The value of the grant is dependent on estimates of the numbers of publications from each institution . However, the decision on which route to follow remains at the discretion of the researcher and their organisation.

Policy for papers resulting from ISIS work
ISIS encourages papers from work at the facility to be made available through an Open Access route. UK universities have been allocated block grants to cover APC charges, and UK ISIS users should apply for these funds from their home institution (the corresponding author on the paper should do this). ISIS has no additional funds to support APC charges. Therefore, where funds are not available from a home institution, users should use the ‘green’ open access route for the relevant journal. We would also encourage use of the STFC ePubs repository or a similar university repository or arXiv . Where an ISIS staff member is corresponding author, STFC has some very limited funds (from the block allocation) to cover APC charges. Where these are available, the ‘gold’ route can be used; otherwise, the ‘green’ route should be used.

The SHERPA RoMEO dat​abase gives details of publishers’ copyright and archiving policies.

Publishing your research

When publishing results from your experiments at ISIS, it is expected that you will include your ISIS local contact as a co-author on your papers.

Without the dedicated work of ISIS scientists in designing, commissioning, building, maintaining and developing the ISIS instruments many experiments could not succeed.

If your research team is largely self-sufficient and you do not intend to include your local contact as a co-author on publications, you should discuss this during the experiment.

Your publications from experiments at ISIS should contain an acknowledgement of the support received from ISIS. For example:

 “Experiments at the ISIS Neutron and Muon Source were supported by a beamtime allocation RBXXXXXX​ from the Science and Technology Facilities Council.”

Also, and with reference to the ISIS Data Policy, all publications related to experiments carried out at ISIS are obliged to cite data DOIs​ of the experiments​.​

Please send information on your publications to Sara Fletcher.

Useful links
RCUK Policy on Open Access and Guidance: 

RCUK block grant to institutions:


Sherpa RoMEO database:

Contact: Fletcher, Sara (STFC,RAL,ISIS)