UKRI open access policy changes from 1 January 2024

The Research Engagement Team in Library Services has received new guidance from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) around its open access policy for books, chapters and edited works associated with UKRI funding.

Their open access policy applies to monographs, book chapters and edited collections published from 1 January 2024.

What do I need to know about the UKRI open access policy?

UKRI already requires that research articles must be made open access immediately on publication.

From 1 January 2024, edited collections, monographs, and book chapters must be open access within 12 months of the publication date under a Creative Commons licence.

The aim is to ensure research funded by UKRI can be accessed and built upon by the wider research community.

What if a contract already exists?

UKRI is aware that contracts will be in long-term negotiations for our researchers therefore the policy specifies an exception for when a contract has been signed between the author and the publisher before 1 January 2024.

This exception also applies to authors contributing book chapters for edited books.

There is no requirement for monographs, book chapters and edited collections published before 1 January 2024 to be published open access.

More help with UKRI open access changes

Detailed guidance from UKRI on their open access policy.

UKRI will contact grant holders and hold a webinar for researchers on the new policy during the autumn.

Get in touch with the Research Engagement Team

Go a question for the team? Email the Research Engagement Team in Library services with your query.


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