Researchers are required to openly publish any peer-reviewed research papers which acknowledge Research Council funding. The Research Councils' open access policy supports both the paid and self-archiving routes to open access.
To find out more about the individual Research Councils and their open access policies please visit their individual websites: AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC, and STFC. Papers funded wholly by Innovate UK do not fall under the Research Councils' open access policy.
The new UKRI open access policy will commence on 1 April 2022. The policy will apply to:
All peer reviewed research articles including reviews and conference papers published in proceedings with an ISSN, which acknowledge funding from one of the UK Research Councils (UKRI): AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC, STFC, must be made open access by the official date of publication, and be published with the CC-BY licence unless the authors have obtained agreement from UKRI as an exception, to allow publication under CC-BY-ND.
You can be compliant with the policy by publishing in:
When submitting your article to the journal, you must include the following text in the funding acknowledgement section of the manuscript and in any cover letter/note accompanying the submission:
‘For the purpose of open access, the author has applied a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) licence [where permitted by UKRI, ‘Open Government Licence’ or ‘Creative Commons Attribution No-derivatives (CC-BY-ND) licence may be stated instead] to any Author Accepted Manuscript version arising’
Biomedical research articles that acknowledge MRC or BBSRC funding must also be made available in Europe PubMed Central. Authors who upload their accepted manuscripts to Pure should also upload them to Europe PubMed Central, using Europe PMC Plus.
Please note that gold open access in subscription journals (hybrid open access) will not be funded unless the journal is in our open access transformative agreements.
If you are funded by Wellcome Trust, the British Heart Foundation, Bloodwise, Versus Arthritis, Cancer Research UK, or Parkinson's UK you will need to arrange for any published research which acknowledges their support to be made openly available.
Wellcome have announced that their open access policy will be changing from 1 January 2021 so that it is in full alignment with Plan S. Until 2021, researchers and institutions must comply with the current OA policy. The Trust has produced a set of FAQs to help clarify the changes.
The ERC supports open access and promotes the basic principle of open access to research data.
Please visit their open access page for an overview of the requirements that apply to ERC grants. Depending on the type of grant and under what work programme it was awarded, different rules relating to open access and research data apply.
Horizon 2020 grant holders are expected to make all peer-reviewed publications relating to their funding openly available:
If you were awarded a FP7 grant then it is expected that you should upload the AAM to an online repository like Pure. Authors are expected to make their best effort to ensure open access to these articles within 6 months (for health, energy, environment, information and communication technologies, research infrastructures papers) or 12 months (for science in society, socioeconomic sciences and humanities papers) after publication.
Paying to make your paper open is acceptable. Funding for these costs was available via the FP7 post-grant open access pilot until February 2018.
Researchers funded by NIH are required to submit their author accepted manuscript (AAM) to the NIH Manuscript Submission System (NIHMS) immediately upon acceptance for publication. If your publisher does not automatically deposit the final published version in PubMed Central, then you must ensure this happens no later than 12 months after the official date of publication.
Please see our funding pages for more information about paying open access charges if you are funded by the NIH.
Marie Curie is committed to ensuring that the results of its research funding are available as freely and widely as possible and has made this a condition of its funding arrangements. This applies to researchers at Marie Curie’s Research Centres and Hospices, and those funded through Marie Curie’s open and competitive grant funding streams. Electronic copies of publications (peer-reviewed, original research reports and systematic reviews that have been supported wholly or partly by Marie Curie) should be made available through Europe PubMed Central (Europe PMC) as soon as possible and in any event within 6 months of the date of publication. The policy does not apply to book chapters, editorials, opinion pieces or conference proceedings. Authors must ensure that funding from Marie Curie and any co-funders is acknowledged and the grant reference number is included.
Many journals will deposit the final published version of the article on behalf of the authors directly into Europe PMC, to be made freely available immediately on publication (gold open access). Journals charge an article processing charge (APC) for this option and Marie Curie we will consider payment of the fee. Alternatively, the journal (or the author) may deposit the final, peer-reviewed manuscript in Europe PMC to be made freely available after an embargo period (green open access). Usually no fee is charged for this service. Marie Curie expects publishing costs to be budgeted for within a grant application, or unspent grant funds may be vired to cover open access costs from grants that are still active. Open access publication fees can still be requested after the grant end date.
Authors should contact Marie Curie at the time of acceptance to a journal to request the funding. You need to submit a draft copy of the paper containing details of author(s), title, abstract, acknowledgement and full text, if possible. If approved, Marie Curie asks that the institution pays the APC in the first instance, and then invoices Marie Curie. The invoice will be processed when the Marie Curie Research Management Team verifies that the article has been made fully open access. Contact for queries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please see our funding pages for more information about paying open access charges if you are funded by Marie Curie
Papers funded in whole or in part by the NIHR must meet the NIHR’s open access requirements.
The NIHR open access policy applies to peer-reviewed research articles, including review articles not commissioned by publishers, final reports and executive summaries. It does not apply to editorials, letters, commissioned reviews, scholarly monographs, conference proceedings or book chapters.
NIHR-funded researchers must publish their main study findings in a peer-reviewed, fully open access journal under the Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC-BY).
This has been interpreted by some NIHR research centres to mean that the ‘one main research article’ per NIHR grant should be made gold OA with a CC-BY licence. However, this has not been made explicit in the NIHR’s guidance so researchers are encouraged to seek guidance from the funder.
In addition, a copy of the final manuscript of any research papers supported in whole or in part by the NIHR should be deposited with Europe PMC upon acceptance for publication, to be made freely available as soon as possible and in any event within six months of the journal publisher’s official date of final publication.
There are two routes to complying with the policy:
Green open access
With the exception of your main study findings, if you are publishing in a subscription journal, provided that the journal's embargo on green open access is no longer than 6 months you can comply by uploading your final accepted manuscript to Europe PubMed Central, using Europe PMC plus. Papers should also be uploaded to Pure.
Gold open access
If you are publishing in a subscription journal with a gold open access option (known as a hybrid journal), or you are publishing in a fully open access journal, you can comply through gold open access with a CC-BY licence.
Open access funding
NIHR expects grant-holders to make provision for the cost of open access publishing in their grant applications, and if necessary, use any underspend on existing grants. If necessary, researchers may need to contact the awarding NIHR coordinating centre to discuss covering open access costs.
We can only pay open access charges for peer-reviewed research articles and uncommissioned reviews funded by NIHR where:
NIHR Researchers should note that there is no cost for publishing in one of the NIHR fully open access journals.
Please see our funding pages for more information about paying open access charges if you are funded by the NIHR.
All peer-reviewed, original research publications should be made openly available immediately upon publication. If this is not possible, then they require that a copy of the article is uploaded to Europe PubMed Central within six months of publication. Where possible, awardees should seek to retain copyright and select a CC-BY licence.
Please see our funding pages for more information about paying open access charges if you are funded by the AMS.
Diabetes UK funded researchers are encouraged to make their published work openly available via the paid route. The final published articles should also be deposited in Europe PubMed Central within six months of the date of publication.
Please see our funding pages for more information about paying open access charges if you are funded by Diabetes UK.
Alzheimer's Research UK don’t currently have a formal open access policy. However, they do encourage grant holders to publish open access. In support of this, they are a founding partner of AMRC Open Research – an open access platform for rapid author-led publication and open peer review of research funded by AMRC member charities.
Please see our funding pages for more information about paying open access charges if you are funded by Alzheimer Research UK.
All peer-reviewed research publications, funded wholly or in part by the Alzheimer’s Society, must be deposited in Europe PubMed Central within six months of publication.
Please see our funding pages for more information about paying open access charges if you are funded by the Alzheimer's Society.
The Trust does not mandate open access publishing for it's funded researchers. It does however make provision for the cost of APCs.
Please see our funding pages for more information about paying open access charges if you are funded by the Leverhulme Foundation.