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UKRI publishes updated information to support funded research organizations and researchers to meet its new OA policy -

UKRI has published updated information to support funded research organizations 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 April 1, 2022.

The following guidance has been updated, including to address frequently asked questions from stakeholders: UKRI open access policy and frequently asked questions; Making your research publications open access; Open access funding; and Information pack for research organisations.

From January 1, 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 the policy, including in relation to monographs and monitoring and evaluation.

The successful implementation of the new open access requirements for monographs, book chapters, and edited collections, ahead of January 1, 2024, is a priority for UKRI. Over the coming months, UKRI will be working collaboratively with the sector to support this.

Key areas of activity include developing guidance and resources to support research organizations and researchers, including in relation to policy exceptions; finalizing the process and definition of eligible costs for a £3.5 million ring-fenced open access fund for monographs and book chapters; and 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 organizations by March 2023.

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 UKRI and the sector in assessing open access progress, levels of compliance with its policy, and its effectiveness.

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; and working with Jisc and cOAlition S to improve the UKRI instance of the Journal Checker Tool.

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