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Open Access and Depositing your Research: UKRI and you

UKRI Open Access Policy published 6 August 2021

UKRI (UK Research and Innovation) announced its new Open Access policy on 6th August 2021. This commenced on 1st April 2022.

UKRI brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England, which is responsible for supporting research and knowledge exchange at higher education institutions in England, and the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK.

UKRI published (10th February 2022) details of the requirements for transitional agreements, transformative journals and green agreements to comply with UKRI policy:

Key requirements (which apply to all research publications that acknowledge funding from any of UKRI’s councils):

Journal articles

For peer-reviewed research articles:

  • immediate open access for research articles submitted for publication on or after 1 April 2022
  • either via the version of record in a journal or publishing platform, or by depositing the authors accepted manuscript (or if permitted by the publisher the version of record) in an institutional or subject repository
  • CC BY licence and CC BY ND by exception, including a requirement to notify publisher of licensing at the point of submission.

Monographs, book chapters and edited collections

Works published from 1 January 2024 to be made open access within 12 months of publication.

  • the final version of a publications or accepted manuscript being made open access via a publisher’s website, platform or repository, within a maximum of 12 months of publication
  • CC BY licence preferred, but NC and ND licences are permitted.

BU transformative agreements

UKRI FAQs covering all aspects of the policy, compliance and transitional arrangements

The UKRI Open Access Policy replaces the existing research councils Policy on Open Access, which applies to peer-reviewed research articles acknowledging research council funding and was published in 2013.


Useful resources to support you to make your research open can be found in the good research resource hub.