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Open Access and the next REF

For the next Research Evaluation Framework (REF) process there is a policy on open access.

This policy states that to be eligible for the inclusion for the REF journal articles and conference papers accepted on or after 1 April 2016 must be deposited into a repository. University of Warwick’s policy is that all outputs should be deposited in our institutional repository, WRAP.

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 scholarlycomms at warwick dot ac dot uk, or your department's Academic Support Librarian.