UKRI has allocated a block grant to the University to contribute towards the cost of Open Access (OA) publishing of UKRI funded research outputs, and this is centrally managed by Library Services.
University researchers are eligible to apply to this fund if:
The block grant will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Please always contact us before agreeing to pay Open Access charges with the publisher or requesting invoices. Only Open Access fees the Library Services Research Support team has already agreed to will be paid.
The journal should be compliant with the UKRI Open Access Policy.
You may also find it helpful to refer to the OU guidance on the UKRI Open Access Policy. Library Services will check all applications and inform you if the publisher does not meet UKRI requirements. Articles should be published under a Creative Commons CC-BY licence, which many publishers already offer. All publications must acknowledge UKRI funding and how any underlying research materials, such as data, samples or models, can be accessed.
It is important that you check that the journal is compliant with the UKRI Open Access Policy at the point of submission. If you are not sure please contact us for advice.
Information about publishers who provide paid options for gold OA is available on the Sherpa Romeo website.
In addition to its Open Access policy which requires you to include as Data Access Statement, even where there is no data associated to it or the data are inaccessible, for advice on how to write a Data Access Statement see UKRI/RCUK access to data requirements (OU guidance). UKRI also requires that wherever possible researchers share their data (taking in to account any legal, ethical and commercial constraints), and that published results should always include information on how to access the supporting data. You can read the Research Council Common Principles on Data Policy and guidance.
This can be done by adding the data to a suitable repository (for example the OU’s data repository, ORDO), and including a data access statement in the paper with a link to the repository record – or a reason why supporting data cannot be shared.
Individual research councils have their own policies which build upon these common principles. We’d recommend you check these and get in touch with us if you have any questions. We’re very happy to help work out what can and should be shared, how to prepare it, and how to write a data access statement.