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STEM YES YES (6-12 month embargo)
HASS YES YES (12-24 month embargo)


The Reseach Councils Policy on Open Access states that publications arising from funded research must either be published Open Access or a copy of the work must be made available in an open access repository within an acceptable embargo period. Embargo periods of 12-24 months are permissible for Arts, Humanities and Social Science journals and 6-12 months for Science, Technology, Engineering and Medical Journals. The policy applies to peer‐reviewed research articles (including review articles not commissioned by publishers), which acknowledge Research Council funding. Articles published Open Access should be made available using the most liberal and enabling licences, ideally CC-BY.The policy has been in place since 1 April 2013. Research Councils provide block grants to the University to support the payment of article processing charges.

Services at the University of Cambridge

The University administers the Research Councils block grant centrally. Authors should deposit their accepted articles and the Open Access team will ensure HEFCE compliance and check funder policies. If the payment of an article processing charge is required, the Open Access team will help the author facilitate this payment.

Students funded by a UK Research Council

Research Councils Training Grants have a requirement that students with funded PhD positions make a full text version of their thesis available no later than 12 months after they are awarded their doctorate. The Research Councils Training Grant Guide states: "Councils recognise that commercial, collaborative or publication arrangements may necessitate a slight delay; the delay can be at the RO’s discretion but we expect the thesis to be deposited as soon as possible. The Research Councils expect the Research Organisation to have in place a documented process for determining where exceptions can be granted to the requirement for publication within 12 months".