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UKRI is currently consulting on its proposed open access policy. The consultation opened on 13 February 2020 and closes at noon on 17 April 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. The core elements of the draft policy are set out in Annex 1.

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

Who can respond to the UKRI Open Access Review?

Anyone from inside and outside the UK, from any organisation, group or individual with an interest in research and innovation can respond direct to the UKRI.

We would expect many learned societies to respond direct to UKRI, and we would strongly encourage members of Cambridge’s research community to engage with this process through this route to ensure a strong set of disciplinary experiences are submitted to UKRI. 

Institutional Response to the UKRI Open Access Review

Professor Chris Abell (Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research) has 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 is taking 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.

It is essential that UKRI hears a broad range of disciplinary perspectives, as well as perspectives representing different career levels.

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

It is important that we hear a range of disciplinary perspectives and insight that reflects the potential impact on different career levels.

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

The library will also gather 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.

Any other member of the University wishing to feed into the University response may do so by email.

The deadline for this internal process is 5pm Monday 23 March 2020.

This is to allow time to analyse feedback, draft and consult on the institutional response with Research Policy Committee, and achieve institutional sign-off prior to submitting the response to UKRI by noon 17 April 2020.


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