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UKRI Policy

UKRI Policy


The new UKRI open access policy 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 bottom of this page. We will update our guidance on how to comply with these requirements in due course.

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.

UKRI funded authors should not sign a publishing contact that conflicts with their funder requirements (i.e.requiring an embargo period or  licence other than CC BY for the AAM). In such cases authors may wish to request a waiver to the charges for gold open access (as the UKRI block grant cannot be used to pay) or to request amendment of conflicting terms.

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 agreements there will be no additional costs  for compliant open access.

Data access statement

You must include a data access statement in your article, even where there is not 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


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