Publishing your research
In order to create a step change in our knowledge of prostate cancer, we need to be open in our communication and dissemination of the research we are funding. This is so that others may learn from and build upon this vital research, and we expect the researchers we support to share this same ethos.
We want to maximise the impact and reach of the research we fund, and ultimately we want to see this research benefiting men with, or at high risk of, prostate cancer and their families. To facilitate this, the research we support must be freely available to our supporters and to the research community through open access publication.
All grant holders must comply with our Publication Policy:
- Results should be published in such a way that allows unrestricted access to the data and information, and the research must be made publicly available as soon as possible.
- All research manuscripts accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal should be done so in an open access format in all but very exceptional circumstances. Electronic copies of all manuscripts must be made available via Europe PubMed Central as soon as possible, although certainly no later than 6 months from the date of publication.
- Once the results have been published, any relevant data and materials must be made available to other researchers upon request (subject to ethics, approvals and Intellectual Property consideration).
- Investigators must inform us as early as possible when the results of their work has been accepted for publication or presentation.
- Researchers must acknowledge the financial support from Prostate Cancer UK in the following format:
“This work was supported by Prostate Cancer UK through a [Award Type] ([GRANT REFERENCE]).”
Open Access Reimbursement Scheme
To support open access publication, we offer a fund to contribute to the fees levied by journals to publish open access through the Gold route.
This fund is only eligible for grants awarded under the 2016/17 Research Innovation Awards & Travelling Prize Fellowships schemes, and for all grants awarded in 2017/18 or later (grants awarded earlier than this were able to include open access fees within their project budget and so are not eligible for this scheme).
Full eligibility criteria and further information is detailed in the guidance notes. In summary, an article is only eligible for support from Prostate Cancer UK if it is an original article resulting from research directly funded by the charity. The paper must be reporting primary research and must have been accepted for publication in a recognised peer reviewed journal (as indexed in the PubMed journal list).
This is a limited resource and should only be used if institutional funds and/or other block grants to fund open access fees are not available.
Submissions should be made directly to the Prostate Cancer UK Research Team once the manuscript has been accepted for publication and before it is published. To request for reimbursement of open access fees, please read through the guidance notes and email a completed application form to firstname.lastname@example.org.