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OA & UKRI Funded Research

The new UKRI Open Access policy applies from 1st April 2022. It was announced in August 2021 and UKRI is now working to support implementation. It will supersede the RCUK Open Access policy.

Who does the ukri open access policy apply to?

It applies to authors whose publications result from and acknowledge funding from UKRI (including the research councils, Research England and Innovate UK).

Which publications does it apply to, and when?

The policy applies to:

  • peer-reviewed research articles submitted for publication on or after 1 April 2022
  • monographs, book chapters and edited collections published on or after 1 January 2024

What do I have to do?

Articles should be published via either route 1 or route 2:

Route 1. Publish your article as Gold Open Access with a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) licence. The Version of Record must be available for access and download as soon as it is published.

Route 2. Publish your article in a subscription journal and deposit the Author's Accepted Manuscript (or the Version of Record if it is permitted by the publisher) in an institutional repository i.e. CentAUR. It must have a CC-BY licence and be immediately available for download as soon as it is published; no embargoes are permitted.


The final Version of Record or the Author's Accepted Manuscript must be free to view and download via an online publication platform, publishers' website, or institutional repository i.e. CentAUR or subject repository within a maximum of 12 months of publication.


Key differences are that in the UKRI Open Access policy:

  • Embargo periods on articles deposited in CentAUR are not permitted
  • The UKRI Open Access block grant cannot be used to fund gold open access publishing costs for articles in hybrid journals (unless included in a Transitional Agreement)
  • Monographs, edited collections and books chapters will need to be made open access

Where can I find out more?

For specific information on definitions, scope, licences and exceptions, please see the explanations provided in the UKRI Open Access policy.

Also see UKRI's page Shaping our Open Access policy.

The University has published a brief summary, for staff and will provide further communications during the autumn and spring terms to support authors with preparing for the policy. This will include information about accessing funds to publish Open Access and help with licenses. Guidance will also be made available on the Library's pages about Open Access.


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