UKRI Open Access Review Consultation

UKRI is reviewing its open access policies for peer-reviewed research articles and academic books that result from research supported by UKRI.

UKRI is seeking views on its proposed open access policy and related considerations via a consultation, which opens on 13 February 2020 and closes at noon on 17 April 2020.

The UKRI Open Access Review will determine a single policy for research articles and long-form publications that acknowledge funding from UKRI and its constituent councils.

UKRI’s proposed policy for peer-reviewed research articles

  • Under the proposed policy, articles accepted for publication on or after 1 January 2022 should be made “freely and immediately available online through a journal, open access publishing platform or an institutional or subject repository”.
  • Routes for compliance are Gold or Zero embargo green, as per Plan S. 
  • For articles, CC BY licenses must be applied to all research articles.

UKRI’s proposed policy for Monographs, Book Chapters & Edited Collections

  • The UKRI policy goes beyond Plan S in proposing an open access policy that applies to monographs, book chapters and edited collections published on or after 1st January 2024 (unless a contract has been signed before this date that prevents adherence to the policy). 
  • For monographs, book chapters and edited collections the final version of record or post-peer-review accepted manuscript must be free to view and download via an online publication platform or institutional or subject repository within a maximum of a 12 month of publication.

The full consultation document can be read here

Who should respond?

Responses to this consultation are invited from inside and outside the UK, from any organisation, group or individual with an interest in research and innovation. Some technical questions are specifically aimed at those involved in the publication process, although everyone is welcome to respond. It is not necessary to respond to all questions or sections.

How do I respond?

Responses must be submitted using the online response form. UKRI will only consider responses received through this form by noon on 17 April 2020.

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