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The UKRI open access policy consultation has ended. The consultation opened on 13 February 2020 and closed at noon on 29 May 2020.

UKRI is reviewing its open access policies for peer-reviewed research articles and academic books (monographs, book chapters, edited collections) that result from research supported by UKRI. The UKRI Open Access Review seeks to align policies across UKRI’s councils, including the seven Research Councils, Research England and Innovate UK.

There is no change to the open access policy for REF 2021. However, this consultation will help inform the open access policy for the Research Excellence Framework after REF 2021. 

Further information about the review, including the consultation document, is available at the UKRI Open Access Review webpage

Institutional Response to the UKRI Open Access Review

Professor Chris Abell (Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research) asked Cambridge University Libraries to lead the internal process to gather feedback from Schools, Faculties and Departments to help inform the institutional response to the UKRI Open Access Review. This process took place in coordination with the Research Policy Committee (RPC), Open Research Steering Committee (and its constituent sub-groups, including DORA Working Group),[1] Cambridge University Press (CUP) and the Research Office.

The University response to the 2020 UKRI Open Access Consultation, submitted via an online form on 27 May 2020, is now available. The draft response was circulated for comment to the Open Research Steering Committee, the Research Policy Committee, the Library Syndicate and governance within CUP for comment prior to the development of the submitted version.

What was the process to gather feedback to inform the institutional response?

It was important to hear a range of disciplinary perspectives and insight that reflected the potential impact on different career levels.

The Schools were invited to consult as appropriate to their School’s governance and provide feedback. 

The Library also gathered feedback from the Office for Postdoctoral Affairs, key governance groups including Research Policy Press and academic representatives that are known to have an interest in this area as well as Cambridge University Press.

Any other member of the University who wished to feed into the University response was also given the opportunity to do so by contacting the University’s Open Access team.

Updated 03/06/2020


[1] San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA).