Skip to main content

UKRI Policy for research articles

This page is for research articles, for other outputs see UKRI open access policy for long-form publications.


The UKRI open access policy for research articles applies to:

  1. Peer-reviewed research articles, including reviews and conference papers.
  2. Acknowledge funding from AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC, STFC, Innovate UK or Research England.
  3. Submitted on or after 1 April 2022 (the former policy applies to publications submitted before this date).
  4. Accepted for publication in a journal, conference proceeding with an ISSN, or by a publishing platform.

The policy will also apply to book chapters, monographs and edited collections published on or after 1 January 2024 as described at the UKRI Policy for long-form publications page.

How to comply

In scope publications must be made open access by the official date of publication and with a CC BY licence (unless UKRI has approved use of a CC BY-ND licence.) These requirements apply whether the publication is made open access via the gold or green route.

UKRI funded researchers are advised to confirm that their chosen journal is compliant via one of the routes described below before submission and to contact us to discuss any issues that arise.

Route 1

Publish in journal or publishing platform that meets UKRI technical requirements and makes the version of record immediately open access under a CC BY licence (or CC BY-ND if approved by UKRI).

You can comply via this route when publishing in a fully open access journal, a subscription journal included in one of our transformative agreements or subscription journal that has been approved by Jisc as meeting the research sectors requirements for transition to open access.

Route 2

Publish in a subscription journal (that is not covered by a transformative agreement) and make the author accepted manuscript (AAM) open access in a compliant repository by the date of final publication and under a CC BY licence. No publisher embargo period between publication and open access of the AAM is permitted.

To facilitate compliance via this route all submissions must include the following statement in the acknowledgements and in any accompanying cover letter: 

For the purpose of open access, the author has applied a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence [where permitted by UKRI, ‘Open Government Licence’ or ‘Creative Commons Attribution No-derivatives (CC BY-ND) licence may be stated instead] to any Author Accepted Manuscript version arising.

Please note that the publishing agreements of many journals impose terms that would not currently allow compliance via this route. Authors may therefore need to retain the right to make their accepted manuscript open access on publication under the CC BY licence. Please refer to our guidance on the University Research Publications & Copyright Policy for more information on how we can support you with this.

UKRI open access funds

The university's UKRI block grant can be used to pay open access charges for publishing in fully open access journals and in journals that meet sector requirements for transformative journals (as defined by Jisc). Tools to allow authors to identify such journals are in development. 

The UKRI block grant cannot be used to fund open access in subscription journals that do not meet Jisc requirements for transformative journals or transitional agreements. Authors intending to publish in such journals would need to find an alternative source of funding to meet any open access publication costs. 

Please note that when publishing in a subscription journal included in one of our transformative or publisher agreements there will be no additional costs for compliant open access.

Apply for UKRI funds

Data access statement

You must include a data access statement in your article, even where there is no data associated with the article or the data are inaccessible. This informs readers where the underlying research materials associated with a paper are available, and how the research materials can be accessed. The statement can include links to the dataset, where applicable and appropriate. The university research data service provides guidance on creating data access statements.

Research council deposit requirements

Biomedical research articles that acknowledge MRC or BBSRC funding are required to be archived in Europe PubMed Central.

For outputs produced by researchers at the British Antarctic Survey, British Geological Survey, UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and the National Oceanography Centre, a copy of the publication should be deposited in NORA.


Preprints are not in-scope of the UKRI open access policy. However, UKRI encourages the use of preprints to facilitate open research practices.


UKRI open access policy

UKRI open access policy FAQs

UKRI Open Access Policy: explanation of policy changes

Shaping our open access policy