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The Open Access policy landscape in the UK is complex. The University of Cambridge Open Access Service assists researchers with policy compliance.  Please use these pages to find out more about different Open Access policies and to work out if your journal is compliant.

Summary of policies

Funder Requirements Embargo Funds provided?
REF 2021 Journal articles and conference proceedings accepted for publication from 1 April 2016 to be made Open Access 

12 months STEM

24 months HASS

No 

Research Councils 

Research outputs to be made Open Access

6 -12 months STEM

12-24 months HASS

Block grants are provided to the University to support the payment of article processing charges (APCs)
Charity Open Access Fund (COAF) Research outputs to be made Open Access

6 months

Block grants are provided to the University to support the payment of article processing charges (APCs)
Wellcome Trust Monograph OA Policy Monographs or book chapters to be made Open Access 6 months Additional funds are provided to the grant holder to cover Open Access charges

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