For anyone receiving UKRI funding, a new policy applies to peer-reviewed research articles submitted for publication from 1 April 2022.
The policy aims to ensure that findings from research funded by the public through UKRI can be freely accessed, used, and built on.
Read the full UKRI policy now to ensure you know what your responsibilities are.
The policy still includes two compliant routes to publish open access, but there are two key changes:
Gold route (Route 1)
Green route (Route 2)
The policy requires a CC-BY licence for both routes. There are two exceptions:
a. An Open Government Licence (OGL) can be used when a research article is subject to Crown Copyright.
b. A CC-BY-ND licence may be permitted on a case-by-case basis. How to apply for a CC-BY-ND licence
UKRI requires all research articles to include a Data Access Statement (also known as a Data Availability Statement), even where there are no data associated with the article or the data are inaccessible.
Publicly funded research data should be made openly available with as few restrictions as possible. Where there are reasons to protect access to the data, for example commercial confidentiality or sensitivities around data derived from potentially identifiable human participants, these should be included in the statement. More information on writing a Data Availability Statement.
Don’t worry, help is always available to ensure you are compliant!
The Library has signed up to a number of deals with publishers that either cover APC charges in full or provide a discount. Many of the deals do not include fully gold journals, so it’s important to check if your desired journal is included before submitting your paper. Check our Publisher deals page (linked in the menu to the left) to see if your journals are included.
Cranfield also has a UKRI Open Access block grant which is given to us each year to support gold open access publishing of research funded by UKRI.
If you are a Cranfield corresponding author with UKRI funding, and your chosen journal is not included in one of our existing deals, please contact us with the details and your grant number and we may be able to pay the APC. This may be subject to approval from your Director of Research. You can apply for funding to pay an APC by following the link in the menu to the left.
Please continue to act swiftly when your article is accepted for publication. Forward the publisher acceptance email and AAM to the Library via firstname.lastname@example.org
We will put the item on CRIS and validate it to ensure it appears on your web profile.
Your Library is always here to help. Ask our experts if you have any queries.
Your Research Data Manager:
Greg Simpson – all schools.