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Meeting UKRI (RCUK) open access requirements

On 6 August 2021, UKRI released details of its new open access policy. The policy will apply to peer-reviewed research articles submitted on or after 1 April 2022, and to monographs, book chapters and edited collections published on or after 1 January 2024.

In the interim, authors should continue to follow the requirements set out below.

RCUK open access policy – in a nutshell

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) brings together the seven Research Councils formerly organised under Research Councils UK (RCUK), Innovate UK and Research England.

The current RCUK policy applies to peer‐reviewed research articles (except invited/commissioned reviews) which acknowledge Research Council funding. The main requirements are as follows:

  1. Make your paper open access (Gold and/or Green).
  2. Acknowledge the source of funding i.e. Research Council name and grant number. See the guidance document produced by the Research Information Network (RIN).
  3. If applicable, include a statement on how the underlying research materials (such as data) can be accessed. Visit our Research Data Management page for more information.
 
RCUK open access policy requirements
  Policy applies to:Compliant routes:
  GoldGreen
  • AHRC
  • BBSRC
  • ESRC
  • EPSRC
  • MRC
  • NC3Rs
  • NERC
  • STFC
Peer-reviewed research articles (excluding review articles commissioned or requested by publishers) which acknowledge UKRI funding

Published under CC BY licence.

Acknowledgment of UKRI funding (Research Council name and grant number).

MRC-funded papers should be deposited into Europe PMC within six months from the earliest online publication date. If the publisher does not automatically deposit, authors can self-archive the final manuscript in Europe PMC Plus.

Related costs may be covered from the UKRI open access block grant administered centrally at the University.

Please note that upfront costs arising from the Nature journals Guided Open Access initiative cannot be met from the UKRI block grant. 

Deposit the author’s accepted manuscript in RIS or any other institutional or subject repository, with a CC BY-NC or equivalent licence permitting the non-commercial re-use and within a defined period:

  • 6 months for STEM disciplines
  • 12 months for arts, humanities and social sciences

Acknowledgment of UKRI funding (Research Council name and grant number).

MRC-funded papers should be deposited into Europe PMC within six months from the earliest online publication date. If the publisher does not automatically deposit, authors can self-archive the final manuscript in Europe PMC Plus.

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