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Researcher Support Library Services: UKRI OA Policy

From 1 April 2022 the UKRI Open Access policy is changing for articles.  From 2024, the policy will broaden to encompass monographs and chapters.  Find out what you need to do:

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UKRI Open Access Compliance Checking Service 

If you're not sure how to make your article compliant with the UKRI open access policy, or want to check your options for a specific journal, simply add your details to the form above and your Information Specialist will get in touch with advice tailored to you.


UKRI Open Access Policy

UKRI Open Access policy 

UKRI have joined cOAlition S and have now released a new OA policy aligned with Plan S principles. The new policy applies to research articles submitted for publication from 1 April 2022 and long-form publications from 1 January 2024.

Key points from the new policy include:

   UKRI-funded research articles must be made open access upon publication. This can be achieved in a few different ways:

  1. Achieving Open Access through a Read & Publish agreement, or
  2. Using the UKRI APC block grant to cover open access publishing costs in eligible journals:
    1. Fully Open Access journals, or
    2. Certain hybrid journals which meet transformative requirements set out by Jisc; or
  3. Depositing the Accepted Manuscript without an embargo into PEARL. Most publishers will mandate embargos, so researchers opting for this route will either need to seek out a journal with a zero embargo policy, or negotiate with the publisher.  (Check your journal's accepted manuscript sharing policy).
You can find more detailed guidance on these routes to compliant open access in our step-by-step guide below.


   A CC-BY license must be applied to the open version of research articles (unless the researcher has successfully applied for an exception, in which case CC-BY-ND may be permitted). CC-BY-NC and CC-BY-NC-ND licenses are not permitted under any circumstances.

   A Data Access Statement should accompany published articles.

   From 1 January 2024, monographs and book chapters will need to be made open access within 12 months of publication.


As was the case with previous policies, your research publications must acknowledge funding received from research councils. The use of ORCIDs is also strongly encouraged.


UKRI APC Block Grant request form

APC request form 

Before requesting payment of an APC:

The library will liaise with publishers and ensure the payment is made [subject to remaining funds]. 

Contact with any queries.

UKRI OA Compliance Checklist