Home  •  News  •  Events  •  Portfolio  •  Publications  •  About  •  Contacts
  Top left arc Home > Activities > Project - RSP

SHERPA Funders and Authors Compliance Tool- SHERPA FACT

•  Blog  •  Management

The RCUK’s new OA policy will be effective from 01 April 2013. This policy requires that all peer reviewed research papers, resulting from research funded by the Research Councils, will be published in journals under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) License or otherwise made available as OA via a repository. On the same date, the Wellcome Trust will also require that Open Access Publication will be under a CC-BY license

To support these policy changes RCUK and the Wellcome Trust have provided the Centre for Research Communications with seed funding to develop a SHERPA Funders’ & Authors’ Compliance Tool (SHERPA FACT).

SHERPA FACT will pull information and interpret data from SHERPA RoMEO, JULIET and other sources to provide clear guidance to RCUK and Wellcome Trust funded authors on compliance with their Open Access (OA) policies and advise on the options available.


  • allow authors to select which of the RCUK Councils or Wellcome Trust has funded their work
  • allow authors to enter the journal name or ISSN, or ESSN, or publisher of the journal they wish to use
  • cross-reference the information held in RoMEO and in JULIET on both Funders' and Publishers' policies
  • give the author clear information as to whether that journal or publisher offers publication or archiving rights compliant with their funders' policy
  • note the level of OA fee payable, if any, and if available from the publisher site
  • give guidance to the author as to what action to take next to comply with their funders' policy, customising guidance according to the stage of the author’s publication – pre-submission, accepted, published, etc

Such guidance might be, for example, to:

  • take a hybrid OA option offered by the publisher;
  • pay the OA fee for a full OA journal or
  • archive their work under a particular embargo period

SHERPA FACT Beta http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/fact/index.php is now available.


SHERPA Services Blog


Project Management


Bill Hubbard (bill.hubbard@nottingham.ac.uk)

Project Manager

Azhar Hussain (azhar.hussain@nottingham.ac.uk)

Technical Development Officer

Peter Millington (peter.millington@nottingham.ac.uk)

Service Development Officer

Jane HS Anders (jane.anders@nottingham.ac.uk)

Research Communications Assistant

Marianne Bamkin (marianne.bamkin@nottingham.ac.uk)



  Bottom left arc  
© Copyright CRC, University of Nottingham Page reviewed: 26-Nov-2013