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New UKRI Open Access Policy Announced

​​​UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has announced a new open access policy, following extensive consultation with the sector. The policy applies to all research publications that acknowledge funding from any of UKRI’s councils.​

For peer-reviewed research articles, key requirements of the new policy include:

  • immediate open access for research articles submitted for publication on or after 1 April 2022
  • either via the version of record in a journal or publishing platform, or by depositing the authors accepted manuscript (or if permitted by the publisher the version of record) in an institutional or subject repository
  • CC BY licence and CC BY ND by exception, including a requirement to notify publisher of licensing at the point of submission.

The new policy for monographs published on or after 1 January 2024 includes:

  • the final version of a publications or accepted manuscript being made open access via a publisher’s website, platform or repository, within a maximum of 12 months of publication
  • CC BY licence preferred, but NC and ND licences are permitted.

Details of the policy can be found at the following links:

Other measures include increased funding (of up to £46.7 million) to support the policy, including funding for Jisc to support sector-wide open access negotiations.

The Library Research Support team and colleagues are assessing the implications and will be reviewing the OU’s Open Access Policy with a view to submission to Research Board and Research Committee in the autumn. 

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