Open Access Policies: Funders: RCUK

Open Access policy for Research Councils UK (RCUK) covering EPSRC, BBSRC, ESRC, AHRC, MRC, NERC and STFC.
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Publishing author should consider the following OA policies introduced by HEFCE (REF eligibility criteria), Funders and the University.

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Research Councils UK (RCUK)
The seven UK Research Councils developed a single, uniform open access policy. The policy applies to all peer‐reviewed research articles and conference proceedings arising from RCUK funded research.
Compliant OA options:
Gold – The UKRI open access (OA) block grant for 2019/2020 has now been fully allocated and there are no further funds available. UKRI are currently reviewing their OA policy and we expect a public consultation in 2020 and new policy implementation during 2020.
The University Library open access team can assist you in meeting the UKRI OA policy requirements without having to pay a GOLD article processing charge (APC). Please contact for advice and further information is available in our Open Access Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Green – No costs are involved, however it’s researcher’s responsibility to deposit the accepted version of publication in institutional repository with maximum embargo of 6 months for STEM disciplines and 12 months HASS (research funded by AHRC and ESRC).
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