UKRI proposed open access policy – have your say

February 19th, 2020

Share your views to shape the future of open access (OA)

The University is seeking input from staff on United Kingdom Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) proposed open access policy (PDF) to inform an institutional response.

This is part of UKRI’s Open Access Review which aims to align its open access policy with Plan S principles.

Feedback is encouraged from individuals, as well as schools, departments and research groups. The deadline for responses is Wednesday 25 March 2020. Have your say here.

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

Briefing sessions
Colleagues will have an opportunity to find out more about the proposed policy at briefing sessions which will highlight the key elements and implications of the policy.

Book onto a session through Central Short Courses:

  • Tuesday 17 March at 12.30 – 2pm, B12, Main Building, Sutton Bonington Campus
  • Wednesday 18 March at 12.30 – 2pm, A34, Business School North, Jubilee Campus
  • Friday 20 March at 12.30 – 2pm, A40, Sir Clive Granger Building, University Park Campus

Find out more about the policy and share your views on the Libraries website.

Any further questions about the consultation can be directed to

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