An increasing number of funding bodies now have policies in place that require grant holders to make any resulting publications freely available via Open Access routes. These policies are a condition of grant and it is important to gain an understanding of these in order to comply. The Strategic Bids and Applied Research Team can provide help on research funding applications. Their details can be found on the Staff Intranet site.
Research England have published details of a new policy for open access for the REF 2021
The policy requires that, in order to be eligible for Research Excellence Framework 2021 (REF) journal articles and conference proceedings with an ISSN (International Standard Serial Number) accepted for publication after 1 April 2016 must be made open access by depositing full-text papers into an online repository. The policy does not apply to monographs, other long-form publications, creative or non-text outputs, or data. You can find out more details of their policy here.
The Policy Criteria
Occasionally, it will not be possible for an output to fulfill the criteria. An exception is allowed in the following cases.
If your paper does not meet the output requirements for a reason not listed above it will require a short written explanation on why it could not meet the requirements. You can more details about criteria for exceptions in the REF 2021 Guidance on Submissions in paragraphs 252 - 255.
How to comply
To comply with the Research England policy; upon receiving notification of acceptance from your publisher, the eligible research output should have a record entered into a repository, such as UDORA, with the full-text uploaded. To comply using UDORA:
For more information, see the UDORA pages for videos and a quick guide.
Guidance for other research funders' open access policies is available, including:
|Arthritis Research UK||Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation|
|Breast Cancer Campaign||British Heart Foundation|
|Cancer Research UK||CERN|
|Department of Health||European Commission and Horizon 2020|
|European Research Council||JISC|
|Leverhulme Trust||Leukemia and Lymphoma Research|
|MNDA (Motor Neurone Disease Association)||NIHR|
|Wellcome Trust||World Health Organisation|
The Research Councils UK have a Policy on Open Access and guidance for individual RCUK funders is provided below: