UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) brings together the seven Research Councils formerly organised under Research Councils UK (RCUK), Innovate UK and Research England.
UKRI is currently reviewing its open access policies for funded peer-reviewed research articles and academic books with the view to replacing the RCUK Open Access policy. UKRI sought views on its proposed open access policy and related considerations via a consultation held between 13 February 2020 and 29 May 2020. The consultation is now closed and responses are being analysed. The analysis will inform the review and the development of the new updated policy.
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:
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:
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