Is your research funded by RCUK?

The UK's seven Research Councils and their umbrella organization RCUK (Research Councils UK) have recently introduced a new Open Access policy. If you are funded by any of the following Research Councils, you need to make sure that any article submitted from 1st April 2013 is made freely accessible online to everyone, everywhere with a license that permits copying, distribution and reuse.

    Research Councils
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
  • Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
  • Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
  • Medical Research Council (MRC)
  • Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

New Policy

This new policy from RCUK is designed to help make publicly funded research easily available to all who might benefit from it – a principle held by PLOS since its inception.

Compliance is Easy

All PLOS journals are 100% compliant with the RCUK's strongly preferred "Gold Open Access" standard. Choose to publish in one of our leading journals to ensure you comply with the policy.

Publishing with PLOS means that your article is immediately and freely available online, to anyone in the world who wants to read it. The cost of reviewing, editing and publishing is covered by an Article Processing Charge (APC). The good news for RCUK-funded researchers is that a grant has been made available to cover these costs, so in most cases your institution will pay.

Why Choose PLOS?

  • The widest possible readership and impact. PLOS articles attract 5.3 million monthly views.

  • Articles made easy to find, read and cite. PLOS articles are indexed by Google Scholar, PubMed and Medline and immediately deposited in PubMed Central.

  • Rigorous peer review enhances final published articles. All PLOS articles undergo efficient, thorough peer review by leading experts in their fields.

  • Articles published to the highest standards. PLOS is trusted by thousands of researchers – including 46 Nobel Laureates – to bring their work to the attention of a global audience.

  • Individual article impact assessment. Article-Level Metrics are available for all PLOS articles, demonstrating the broad impact of the work of PLOS authors.



RCUK Compliant

5.3 million+

article views each month (2012 average)


articles published since 2003 (Articles published 2003-2012)


of authors say they are likely to submit to a PLOS journal again (Author Survey 2013)

Which PLOS journal is best for your research?

PLOS publishes a suite of leading Open Access journals that are 100% compliant with UK funder mandates, such as the RCUK policy.

The World's Largest Journal

Choose PLOS ONE for fast and efficient publication of technically sound research from all areas of science and medicine.

Ground-Breaking, Influential Research

Choose PLOS Biology or PLOS Medicine for highly influential original research findings to be brought to the attention of the broadest possible audience of clinicians, scientists, policy-makers and educators.

Significant Advances In Specialized Fields

Choose one of the PLOS Community Journals — PLOS Computational Biology, PLOS Genetics, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases or PLOS Pathogens — for significant original research with a specialized biomedical focus.

PLOS ONE Research in all areas of scientific and clinical research Rapid publication for technically sound research, independent of subjective judgments of significance
PLOS Biology All areas of biological science, from molecules to ecosystems, including at the interface of fields such as chemistry, medicine and mathematics Highly influential original research and commentary for a broad audience
PLOS Medicine Environmental, clinical, social, political and biological determinants of global health Highly influential original research and commentary for a broad audience
PLOS Computational Biology Computational methods as applied to living systems at all scales, including molecular science, neuroscience, physiology and population biology Significant original research and commentary for specialized audiences
PLOS Genetics All areas of biology that are informed by the techniques of genetics and genomics Significant original research and commentary for specialized audiences
PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases Scientific, medical and public health aspects of neglected tropical diseases Significant original research and commentary for specialized audiences
PLOS Pathogens Bacteria, fungi, parasites, prions and viruses and how they interact with their hosts Significant original research and commentary for specialized audiences

✓ Rigorous and efficient peer review by leading experts enhances your final published article.

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