The new UKRI Open Access Policy applies to in-scope monographs, book chapters and edited collections published on or after 1st January 2024. Please note, further details on this policy are to be released throughout 2022.
Long form publications are defined as
The following long form publications are treated as out of scope of the policy:
You must make the long form output open access within 12 months of publication with an open licence. There are two routes to achieving open access:
The open access version:
You can choose the publisher most approriate for your research, provided UKRIs policy requirements are met. When choosing a publisher, and before entering any contract:
If they do not allow either option you should consider another publisher before using an exemption to the policy.
If the publisher allows you to deposit in a repository;
Long-form publications are exempt from the policy in the following cases:
You do not have to apply to UKRI to use an exemption, however, advice on using an exemption should be sought from Research Support Services before doing so.
UKRI may require authors or institutions to provide notification when an exemption is used, and final guidance on this will be provided in Autumn 2023.
Full details of policy exemptions can be found in the UKRI Open Access Policy Annex 3: Guidance for authors on using policy exemptions for long-form monographs, book chapters and edited collections.
The open access version of long form output should be published with a Creative Commons licence:
UKRI's licensing requirements do not apply to any materials that are provided by third-party copyright holders.
Long-form publications published under a CC-BY, or other creative commons licence may include third party materials which are subject to a more restrictive licence.
An exception to the policy may be applied when reuse permissions for third party materials cannot be obtained and there is nor option available to allow open access publication.
For further information please see UKRI's Guidance on managing copyright under UKRI open access policy.
If choosing to publish the Version of Record open access, and there is a charge involved, you may be eligible for UKRI funding to support these costs.
If you are applying for a research grant and expect to publish a monograph, book chapter, or edited collection between 1st January 2024 and 31 December 2024, the open access costs can be included in your grant application if it is expected that publication will take place during the research grant award period.