Publishing your research findings

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Making your research publications open access

Making your publications open access means that the results of publicly funded research are available:

  • to everyone for free
  • under conditions that enable them to be re-used and built upon.

If you have an award from UKRI or one of our councils, you must follow our open access requirements when publishing a research publication acknowledging our funding.

The requirements you’ll need to follow will depend on the type of publication and when you plan to submit or publish.

Peer-reviewed research articles

The open access requirements for a peer-reviewed research article depends upon when it is submitted for publication.

If you submit for publication before 1 April 2022

You must follow the existing research councils’ policy on open access and supporting guidance.

This policy applies to:

If you submit for publication on or after 1 April 2022

You must follow the new UKRI open access policy.

This applies to articles which need to acknowledge funding from UKRI or any of its councils. This includes funding from:

  • the research councils
  • Research England
  • Innovate UK.

For information about the development of the new policy and how we are implementing it, see shaping our open access policy.

Monographs, book chapters and edited collections published from 1 January 2024

You must follow the new UKRI open access policy.

This applies to publications which need to acknowledge the funding from UKRI or any of its councils. This includes funding from:

  • the research councils
  • Research England
  • Innovate UK.

You do not need to make monographs, book chapters and edited collections published before 1 January 2024 open access.

Depositing research publications in a repository

You may have to deposit your research publications in a repository, which improves access to your research findings. Check the terms and conditions in your offer document and the open access policy that applies to your publication to find out if you need to do this.

Some research councils have repositories for publications produced by researchers affiliated with them, or publications that report work carried out at their facilities and research centres. These include:

Publishing preprints

You can share your findings early by publishing your manuscript to a preprint server or service before you publish to a formal peer-reviewed publication. We recognise the value and increasing use of preprints. In cases of national or global emergencies we expect all research findings to be shared as soon as possible.

Some research councils and funding opportunities have specific guidance on preprints:

Support for publication costs

If you expect to pay any costs to publish a research article within the scope of the research councils policy on open access (for example, an open access article processing charge), you should speak to your research organisation.

Research councils support open access publication costs for research articles through an open access block grant to research organisations. You cannot usually claim these costs from your grant.

You can ask for publication costs for books and other outputs when you apply for a research council grant.

Find more information on open access block grants.

Ask a question about the open access policies

Email: openaccess@funding.ukri.org

Last updated: 31 August 2021

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