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UKRI Consultation on their Open Access Policy

The funding body UKRI has issued a consultation on its proposed new Policy on Open Access. This will also inform the development of the OA Policy for the REF after REF 2021, so is important across the academic community. The deadline is noon on 29 May 2020.

Please see the consultation document. The University will be submitting an institutional response and would welcome the input of the research community. Please send any questions you may have as well as any feedback you may wish to submit for the institutional response to openaccessfund at warwick dot ac dot uk by Friday 15 May 2020.

A draft of the University response is now available for comment, following review by the Open Research Group. Please use the Faculty documents below to view the draft and to leave your comments for inclusion into the response:

Find out more about what that means for your research and submit to WRAP.

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What is OA?

Open Access (OA) is the practice of providing unrestricted access to scholarly outputs via the Internet.

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Why go Open?

The benefits of OA, UK and International policies.

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Routes to OA?

Choosing Green or Gold OA, copyright information or details of funds available and University agreements with publishers.

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OA at Warwick

We are always happy to discuss your route to open access publishing:


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Open Access news

Cancer Research UK announce new open access policy – on the 30 April 2020 Cancer Research UK announced that they would launch a new open access policy to come into effect on the 1 January 2022. This policy will align with the ‘Plan S’ principles and they have committed to continue to provide fees for their funded researchers publishing compliant journals. CRUK are also in discussion with the other members of the Charities Open Access Fund about the future of the scheme with an announcement expected in May 2020.

RCUK Block Grant agreed until 2021 - After a period of uncertainty RCUK has confirmed that their block grant to support open access to papers will be renewed and will continue until the end of March 2021. During this period there will be a review of the current RCUK policy on open access to assess the impact of the five years of funding already allocated to institutions and the current state of open access internationally.

If your research papers acknowledge funding from RCUK and you wish to apply to the grant for funding to cover open access publication, please use the request form linked above.

Useful contacts

Email  openaccessfund at warwick dot ac dot uk

Hyperlink Warwick Research Publications team

Email the Scholarly Communications Manager y dot c dot budden at warwick dot ac dot uk, or your department's Academic Support Librarian.