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UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Open Access policy

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.


  • All peer-reviewed research and review articles published in academic journals or conference proceedings should be made OA.
  • Publications can be made OA via the Gold route or the Green route, although UKRI/RCUK have a preference for the Gold route.
  • If publications are made Gold OA a creative Commons CC-BY license is required. Funds for Gold OA may be available from the UKRI/RCUK block grant.
  • If publications are OA via the Green Route an embargo period of no longer than 6 months is allowed (12 months for AHRC and ESRC).
  • All publications should acknowledge UKRI/RCUK funding and how any underlying research materials, such as data, samples or models, can be accessed.

This podcast explains the UKRI/RCUK OA Policy

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