An increasing number of funding bodies now have policies in place to maximise the dissemination of the research they fund.
These policies are a condition of grant and increasingly require peer-reviewed research outputs to be made freely available to the public in full at the earliest possible date. Different funders have different requirements, but these aims can often be achieved either by archiving publications in the University’s Repository, ARK, or a subject-based repository such as UK PubMed Central
It is important that you are fully informed about this before submitting manuscripts to any publishers. Guidance on the requirements of each funding body is available at JULIET, which provides summaries of funding agencies’ grant conditions on self-archiving of research publications and data.
JULIET assigns Open Access ticks () for the key conditions that should ideally be met for each type of policy. http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/juliet