If you’re writing a paper for publication, there are six main aspects you should consider to ensure it complies with your funder’s policy and is eligible for the next REF.
Check that your preferred journal’s open access options are compliant.
Use the SHERPA tools:
http://sherpa.ac.uk/fact for funder compliance
https://ref.sherpa.ac.uk for REF compliance
Or email the Library’s Open Access Team to ask.
‘Gold’ and ‘Green’ are the main routes to OA. UKRI/RCUK requirements: RCUK preferred gold, but accepted green if the embargo period meets requirements. If the journal doesn’t offer a gold route, the embargo period must be under 6 months for STEM disciplines, or 12 months for social science research. If there is a compliant gold route but you have no funding for it, an embargo period of 12 months is permitted (or 24 months for social science research).
NB: UKRI have replaced RCUK and are currently discussing whether they will keep the old RCUK requirements.
Horizon2020 requirements: The green route is acceptable as long as the embargo is under 6 months, or 12 months for social science research.