If you are funded by the AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC or STFC, you must comply with the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) / Research Councils UK (RCUK) Open Access (OA) Policy.
Hello I’m Maxine, and in this podcast brought to you by Library Services, I’m going to talk to you about the UKRI Open Access Policy.
UKRI, formerly known as RCUK, have an Open Access Policy which applies to all peer-reviewed research articles and conference proceedings.
Both “Gold” and “Green” routes to Open Access are supported, though UKRI has a preference for immediate Open Access with the maximum opportunity for re-use.
UKRI have provided the OU with funds to cover gold open access for a proportion of research papers. This grant runs to 31st March 2020. Grant holders who are full members of OU staff or research students are eligible to use these funds.
You can also comply with the policy via the green route by depositing your author accepted manuscript in an Open Access repository like ORO.
The author’s accepted manuscript is the version after peer review but before copy editing and type setting by the publisher.
UKRI expect any embargo periods to be within six months for STEM disciplines and within twelve months for arts, humanities and social sciences. Publisher’s embargo periods can be checked on the Sherpa Romeo website.
Finally, all publication must include an acknowledgment of UKRI funding and a statement detailing how underlying materials and data can be accessed.
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