Arcadia's open access and digital preservation policy

One of Arcadia’s aims is to promote open access to knowledge. For this reason, we ask that all materials resulting from our grants are made publicly available for free via the internet.

Peer-reviewed research articles, book chapter and books

Research publications funded in whole or in part by Arcadia must be freely available online.

For grants we awarded after 1 January 2022 our policy for research articles will align with Plan S. All peer-reviewed articles resulting from our grants must be freely available without embargo and under a suitable open license, preferably the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license.

Grant recipients can comply with the policy by publishing in an open access journal or platform, or by making a copy of the author-accepted manuscript immediately available through a suitable repository. In line with the Plan S Rights Retention Strategy grantees must not transfer copyright in their research articles to a publisher.

Grant recipients should make scholarly books and book chapters freely available online at the time of publication, or at a maximum of one year from the date of publication, via a publisher’s platform or other open access repository.

We strongly encourage grant recipients to choose publishing routes that support open access without levying charges. However, we allow reasonable book or article processing charges to be included in the grant budget. In line with Plan S, we will not support article processing charges for hybrid journals except for those covered by Transformative Agreements up to 31 December 2024.

Research data and other digital materials

Research data and any other digital materials funded in whole or in part by Arcadia must be freely available online wherever possible, for as long as the grantee organization exists.

We expect grant recipients to make all data and digital materials, including repositories of heritage documentation, freely available online. In doing so, grant recipients must ensure that the privacy and rights of indigenous and marginalized cultural groups are respected, and that confidential, proprietary, and sensitive data are appropriately protected. Grant recipients must manage and share digital data arising from our grant in accordance with FAIR and CARE principles. The materials that grant recipients make available online must be of sufficient quality to ensure that they can be used for research. This commitment will last for as long as the grantee organization exists.