All journal articles that originate from research funded by the Research Councils must be openly accessible.
Gold open access is preferred, and articles published Gold must be Open Access immediately from date of publication.
A Block Grant will be issued to the universities in receipt of awards, to enable them to cover the cost of article processing charges for Gold OA.
If no viable Gold option is available, the authors must achieve Green open access by depositing the article in an insititutional or subject-based repository, with an embargo of no more than 6 months for STEM disciplines, or 12 for AHSS.
Articles must be published with a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) licence.
An annual audit of compliance with UKRI policy is carried out in April each year.
The SHERPA partnership of UKHEIs, funded by Jisc, maintains a number of online services to support open access publishing, including:
A key part of publishing open access material is ensuring that readers understand what permissions they have for re-use of the material. The Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association offers best practice guidelines on licensing and attribution in open access:
Beware of predatory publishers who "lie about their business practices for the purpose of attracting paying authors" (Rick Anderson, 2019).
Think. Check. Submit. is a tool developed by scholarly publishers and societies, to offer researchers a checklist that will help them decide if a publisher is trustworthy: