UKRI Open Access Policy Review

UKRI is currently consulting on its proposed open access policy until noon on 17 April 2020. The body is reviewing its open access policies for peer-reviewed research articles and academic books that result from research supported by UKRI.

To explain possible policy positions which UKRI might take, a UCL Town Hall meeting will be held on 1 April 2020 from 5:30-7pm in the Roberts Building G06 (Sir Andrew Fleming LT). The Town Hall will be chaired by Professor David Price (Vice-Provost: Research) and the keynote speaker will be Professor Sir Duncan Wingham, Professor of Climate Physics at UCL and Chief Executive of NERC, who is leading the UKRI OA policy review. This will be followed by a Question and Answer session, in which attenders can engage with the speaker on the possible details of the review.

To attend the event, please register your interest here

The UKRI Open Access Review is an opportunity to align policies across UKRI’s councils, including the seven Research Councils, Research England and Innovate UK. UKRI is working with the UK Higher Education Funding Bodies, to help inform the open access policy for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise after REF 2021. See the Research England website for further information.

UKRI will review and develop its open access policies to:

  • enhance the research, societal and economic benefits that can be derived from UKRI-funded research through improving access to research outputs

  • deliver sustainable support for open access and better value for money

  • ensure policy is joined up across UKRI constituent bodies and that it is clear, unambiguous and as easy as possible to comply with

  • encourage the development of new models of open access publishing

  • support the adoption of open access through collaboration and alignment with national and international partners.

Responses to the review are invited from institutions, groups and individuals. Details on how to respond are given here.

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