New UKRI Open Access Policy – starts 1st April

The new UKRI Open Access policy starts on 1st April. If you will be submitting manuscripts for publication that acknowledge any of the UKRI funding councils, the policy will apply. You will need to check the journal you are submitting to before you submit to ensure you are choosing a compliant route.

The policy applies to publications arising from work funded, or partly funded, by AHRC, BBSRC, ESRC, EPSRC, Innovate UK, MRC, NERC, Research England, & STFC. 

The policy covers:

  • Any peer-reviewed research articles submitted for publication from 1st April 2022
    • including reviews and conference papers (in a journal, Conference Proceedings with an ISSN or publishing platform)
  • Monographs, book chapters and edited collections published from 1st January 2024


An online webinar on how to comply with the policy was held on Wednesday 30th March.

Webinar slides are available here

Recording of webinar can be accessed here for staff and here for PGRs.

In summary requirements for research articles

  • Articles must be made Open Access with no embargo and a CC BY licence
  • You must include a Data Access Statement even where there are no data associated with the article or the data are inaccessible. (For advice on writing statements see:

See our Funder Requirements web page for the full details

Summary of Choice of Routes to Compliance – to consider before submission

1. The journal is fully open access. Check titles at Directory of Open Access Journals

You can apply to the University’s APC Fund for funds


2. The journal is covered by Stirling’s transitional agreements? Check the listing at

(For most agreements you will need to be the corresponding author)


3. The journal allows a CC BY licence and immediate Open Access to the accepted manuscript. This Journal Checker Tool can help – it can show compliant routes for your preferred journals (note: has not switched to new UKRI policy yet, starts 1st April).

If no, add this rights statement to your submitted manuscript and deposit in STORRE via Worktribe making the final accepted manuscript Open Access under a CC BY licence.

rights statement:

For the purpose of open access, the author has applied a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence to any Author Accepted Manuscript version arising

Additional Notes

  • Publishing in a hybrid journal will not be covered by UKRI funds nor typically by the University’s APC Fund (hybrid journal is a subscription journal where only some articles are available open access when a fee is paid).
  • Biomedical research articles that acknowledge MRC or BBSRC funding are required to be archived in Europe PubMed Central.
  • To meet REF requirements all research articles should be deposited in STORRE via Worktribe when your article is accepted for publication.


If you have any queries about the new policy please contact:

Clare Allan
Senior Research Librarian

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