UK Department for International Development

Funding body agreement

DFID-LogoUK Department for International Development (DFID) grantees whose research contracts were awarded after 1 November 2012 are requested to pursue open access publishing and are required to submit an electronic copy of the final manuscript of their research papers to the Research for Development (R4D) repository.

Elsevier has established a funding body agreement with DFID to help authors publishing in Elsevier journals comply and to facilitate a successful implementation of their policy. Details about how to comply are outlined below.

Help and Support

Publishing gold open access

DFID funded authors can comply with the DFID open access policy by choosing to publish in either an Elsevier Open Access Journal or in a subscription journal via our Open Access Article program.

To provide open access, a publication fee needs to be met for each article published open access. For information about specific open access publication fees, please refer to the individual journal homepage and guide for authors. DFID will include the cost of open access publication fees in the overall project budget and expect that authors will follow the ‘gold’ route whenever it is available.

All articles published open access have permitted reuse which is determined by the author's choice of user licenses.

Publication fee

DFID funded authors publishing in Elsevier journals can comply with the DFID preference for open access publishing by paying a fee to cover the costs associated with publication. For information about open access publication fees, please refer to the individual journal homepage and guide for authors.

 

DFID requires funded authors to include open access publication fees into their Access and Data Management Plan. As this forms the overall project budget, DFID expect that authors will follow the ‘gold’ route whenever it is available.

For further details please see the DFID open access policy

Green open access

DFID funded authors are required to submit an electronic copy of the final manuscript of their research papers to the Research for Development (R4D) repository

Upon final publication, Elsevier will send to R4D the final document used to generate the published journal article that appears on ScienceDirect. This document reflects all author-agreed changes that arise from the peer-review, copy-editing and proofing processes.

Elsevier will authorize its public posting on R4D, immediately. R4D will also link directly to the final published journal article, which will continue to reside only on Elsevier’s websites and which Elsevier will make freely available to both non-subscribers and subscribers. Subject to certain conditions, documents published under this open access model may be redistributed and reused.

There is no change to Elsevier’s author posting policy that allows authors to post revised personal versions of manuscripts (those that reflect changes made in the peer review) on their own websites and the sites of their institutions, provided a link to the journal is included.

Posting directly to R4D or other sites outside an author’s institution continues to be prohibited, as does any further republishing or redistribution of Elsevier copyright-protected content and society copyright-protected content published by Elsevier.