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Open Access

UKRI Consultation

Share your feedback on the draft UKRI open access policy by Wednesday 25 March.*

* Important update - This internal deadline will be extended to reflect the extension of the consultation period by UKRI. Please check back here soon for details of the revised internal deadline.


About the consultation

On 1 April 2018 a new body was created called UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) which comprises the seven research councils (formerly grouped as RCUK); Research England; and Innovate UK.

UKRI is currently undertaking an Open Access Review which will also consider the open access policy of the post-2021 REF and alignment with Plan S principles.

A proposed policy has now been issued and UKRI is seeking views on it as part of a consultation which runs from 13 February 2020 to 17 April 2020.

About the policy

The core elements of UKRI’s proposed open access policy include:

Research Articles

From 1 January 2022, peer-reviewed research articles (including reviews and conference papers) acknowledging UKRI funding would be required to be open access via one of these routes:

  • publishing with journals or OA publishing platforms that make the final version of record immediately OA via their websites, and with a CC BY licence
  • publishing with journals or platforms that allow the author’s accepted manuscript or version of record to be made immediately OA with a CC BY licence via a subject or institutional repository

Monographs, book chapters and edited collections

From 1 January 2024 monographs, book chapters and edited collections which acknowledge UKRI funding would be required to be open access via one of these routes:

  • the final version of record or post-peer-review author’s accepted manuscript must be free to view and download via an online publication platform or institutional or subject repository within a maximum of 12 months of publication
  • the OA version should be published under a licence that maximises reuse and is appropriate to the content of the work; CC BY is strongly preferred but where necessary CC BY-ND will be permissible


Have your say

The University is seeking input from staff in order to inform its response at an institutional level. Feedback to help inform a University-level response is encouraged from individuals as well as schools and departments through an online form.

The UKRI have extended the deadline for the consultation and we will share the new deadline on this page soon.

Questions about this consultation can be directed to





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