Open access policy update: July 2022

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UKRI has published updated information to support funded research organisations and researchers to meet its new open access policy.

Peer-reviewed research articles that acknowledge UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) funding have been required to comply with UKRI’s open access policy since 1 April 2022.

The following guidance has been updated, including to address frequently asked questions from stakeholders:

From 1 January 2024, UKRI will also require monographs, book chapters and edited collections to be made open access within 12 months of publication.

This new policy will increase the opportunity for findings from the breadth of research UKRI funds to be accessed and used.

Updated information has been published about the implementation of our policy, including in relation to monographs and monitoring and evaluation.

Monographs and book chapters

The successful implementation of our new open access requirements for monographs, book chapters and edited collections, ahead of 1 January 2024, is a priority for UKRI.

Over the coming months, we will be working collaboratively with the sector to support this.

Key areas of activity include:

  • developing guidance and resources to support research organisations and researchers, including in relation to policy exceptions
  • finalising the process and definition of eligible costs for a £3.5 million ring-fenced open access fund for monographs and book chapters
  • roundtables and workshops with stakeholders and raising awareness of the policy among research communities.

UKRI has funded Jisc to support the implementation of its policy and wider adoption of open access for monographs and book chapters.

This work will include sector engagement and identifying how a variety of different models for open access publishing can be supported.

UKRI intends to provide a further update in November 2022 and publish final guidance for authors and research organisations by March 2023.

Monitoring and evaluation

Implementing effective monitoring and evaluation of the policy is also a priority.

To inform this work, UKRI has commissioned Research Consulting to develop a monitoring and evaluation framework. It will support us and the sector in assessing open access progress, levels of compliance with our policy and its effectiveness.

We want to ensure that the framework is co-designed with the research and publishing stakeholders.

Over the coming months, Research Consulting and UKRI will be conducting interviews and workshops with a diverse set of experts and stakeholders.

UKRI will share further information on the outcomes of this project later this year.

Supporting wider implementation

Some other implementation activities UKRI is currently undertaking include:

  • working with sector representative bodies to establish a stakeholder forum for the policy
  • further developing expectations and guidance for publishers and repositories regarding the phased implementation of UKRI’s technical requirements research articles in-scope of the policy
  • working with Jisc and cOAlition S to improve the UKRI instance of the Journal Checker Tool.

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