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UKRI Consultation

The consultation has now closed and responses are being analysed by UKRI.


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.

proposed policy was issued and UKRI sought views on it as part of a consultation which ran from 13 February to 29 May 2020. The views of the UoN research community were gathered and a UoN response was submitted to UKRI.

Questions about the draft policy or consultation can be directed to

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


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